The evolution of definitions for nursing informatics: A critical analysis and revised definition

Nancy Staggers, Cheryl Bagley Thompson

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Despite the fact that nursing informatics is entering its third decade as a specialty within nursing, many definitions still exist to describe the field. This paper offers a rationale for a definition for nursing informatics and a critical analysis of past definitions. An organizing framework of technology-oriented, conceptual, and role-oriented definitions is used to critique these definitions. Subsequently, a revised definition is proposed. This evolutionary definition integrates critical concepts from past work and adds components that are currently missing-patients, information communication, information structures, and decision making. A separate role specification for informatics nurse specialists is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-261
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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