Nursing Informatics-related programs offered at the University of Maryland School of Nursing:
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Careers in nursing informatics are as varied as nursing itself. Although many nurses have come into informatics through on-the-job training or continuing education, the increasing complexity of the field and the demanding performance standards of today's workplace make formal education increasingly necessary.
There is broad and growing consensus that all nurses need to be educated about the basics of informatics to support their clinical, educational, or administrative practice. To practice nursing informatics at an expert level, nurses need to study informatics at the master's or doctoral level. Master's education is increasingly available through online programs at respected universities. Doctoral education usually requires on-campus study.
As expert practitioners, informatics nurses and specialists provide new tools that help clinicians to practice, educators to teach, students to learn, researchers to investigate, policymakers to deliberate, and consumers to manage their own health. In all these ways, Informatics Nurses and Specialists pursue a fundamental nursing goal, "to improve the health of populations, communities, families, and individuals by optimizing information management and communication."1