These Competences are Required by “Nursing Computer Technicians” Today

The establishment of a staff unit “Digital transformation in the care” and the occupation with a care informer is a sensible first step before digitization projects in the care. Trained nursing information technicians (nursing informatics) in Germany will certainly be searched for in vain. Nursing specialists with appropriate qualifications are then more likely to be found.

But what is nursing informatics?

There are many definitions of the term “nursing informatics”. While in the German-speaking world nursing information was defined as the application of computer science in the professional care of people, the term “nursing informatics” exists in the English-speaking world, which goes far beyond this definition.

“[…] nursing informatics more, namely, the combination of computer science, information science and nursing science.” (1989 Graves and Corcoran)

 

This definition shows that nursing informatics is not just the use of information technologies. This also shows the intersection of information science and nursing science.

For the European area nursing informatics can be defined as follows:

 

 

“Nursing informatics is the integration of information and nursing science into health care and healthcare through information and communication technologies. It is a support process of nursing and training, as well as care, project, process and quality management in health care facilities “(H.Mania 2008)

 

What competences should a “nursing informatic” bring or acquire?

Since in Germany no direct course of study “nursing informatics” can be documented at universities, interested nurses have to qualify elsewhere. For this, it is important to know what competences a nursing assistant needs in his professional life. In summary, a “nursing infomatic” must understand the complex relationships between the following elements:

  • Data, information, knowledge and wisdom
  • Nursing science, information science, computer science
  • Nurses, people, health and the environment
  • Information structures, information technologies, information management and communication of information.

In addition, a “nursing informatic” should have knowledge or skills in the following areas:

  • EHealth, mHealth and clinical IT systems or IT infrastructure including interface standards such as HL7, DICOM etc.
  • Usability and software development
  • Regulatory requirements for medical devices, especially software as a medical device
  • Support and training
  • Terminologies and safeguarding the future of care
  • Data protection and data safety
  • Technology lifecycle (planning, process and requirement analysis, specification, selection, training, adaptation, introduction, evaluation, risk management and operation)

In the next post, the fields of tasks and perspectives of nursing informatics will be examined in more detail.

If you would like to qualify as a nursing assistant, the new online course “Specialist for IT in Care” could be a first step. We are happy to advise you!

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