The 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey examined the roles, responsibilities and outlook for nursing informatics professionals. The survey results were released at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., last year, according to a news release.
The 2014 survey captured professional status and practice trends at the time, while identifying changes that have occurred during the past nine years in the nursing informatics workforce.
Supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the survey finds nurse informaticists continue to play a crucial role in developing, implementing and improving information systems and applications including clinical documentation, computerized practitioner order entry and electronic medical/health records, according to the release.
Based on the responses of more than 1,000 nursing informatics specialists, 70% of them have titles that specified an informatics position, which is double the amount from the last HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey, which was conducted in 2011.
The survey results also showed professionals in the nursing informatics field experienced an increase in salaries and interest in pursuing additional training in the field.
“The industry demands for more robust clinical documentation and analytics — such as those associated with meaningful use — have increased the need for informaticists across the entire care spectrum,” Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, vice president of informatics for HIMSS, said in the release. “This year’s survey showed a marked growth across the field of nursing informatics, as well as a deeper understanding and recognition of informatics as a nursing specialty.
“Nearly two thirds of respondents have a postgraduate degree, and 28% have a master’s degree or PhD in informatics which points to the fact that the field is rapidly maturing,” she said. “System optimization/utilization was a new option in the 2014 survey and selected by 39% of respondents, suggesting that we may be moving beyond simply implementing systems towards leveraging their value.”
The 2014 survey, which builds on HIMSS research from 2004, 2007 and 2011, included new questions about the respondents’ job satisfaction with both their position and their career choice in informatics. Overall satisfaction with jobs and career choices is high among respondents, with 57% reporting their level of job satisfaction as “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” and a 81% rating a “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” opinion of their informatics career decision, according to the release.
Respondents attributed the top barriers to success to a lack of administrative support and staffing resources, according to the release.
According to the release, other key findings about survey respondents included:
- 60% have a postgraduate degree, which includes a master’s degree or PhD in nursing or any other field/specialty.
- 43% have a master’s degree in nursing or a PhD in nursing, an increase from the 36% who did in 2011.
- 20% have one to five years of clinical bedside experience, an increase from 12% in 2011.
- Salaries continued to increase when compared to previous surveys. The average salary in 2014 was $100,717, up from $98,703 in 2011 and $83,675 in 2007.
- 67% do not have a supervisory role. This number increased from 61% in 2011 and 58% in 2007.
To download the complete report and corresponding infographic, please visit: www.himss.org/ni.