Every two years, HIMSS releases a new report on the results of their Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. The last report was for 2020 and I was excited to see that the 2022 report is now out!
At the start of the HIMSS report, acknowledgement is made that "nurse informaticists are a critical human component to broadly enhancing healthcare. They are the driving force behind health innovation and technology to realize the full health potential of every human everywhere." As the healthcare industry continues to become more technologically dependent, such roles continue to be critical.
A total of 1,118 informatics nurses responded to the survey (with 5% of respondents from outside of the U.S.) and contributed their thoughts on questions relating to nursing informatics in general, workplace locations, compensation, education and experience, job details, organizational structure, and more.
Over 35% of informatics nurses reported that the number of informatics nurse positions has increased over the last 3 years. Forty percent of informatics nurses have 5 years of experience or less, indicating the growing opportunity for new informatics nurses looking to develop a career trajectory in this specialty nursing practice.
I've only scratched the surface of the findings and I encourage you to explore the full survey results found here. Having a pulse of the nursing informatics workforce is of value as we continue to see rapid digital technology development and implementation.