The Experience of Informatics Nurses in Taiwan

Chia Hui Liu, Ting Ting Lee*, Mary Etta Mills

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite recent progress in information technology, health care institutions are constantly confronted with the need to adapt to the resulting new processes of information management and use. Facilitating an effective technology implementation requires dedication from informatics nurses (INs) to bridge the gap between clinical care and technology. The purpose of this study was to explore the working experiences of INs, and alternatives to assist the growth and development of the specialty. This qualitative study recruited 8 participants, and data were collected in 2009 by use of interview guides related to work roles, responsibilities, competencies, and challenges. The emerged themes included (a) diversified roles and functions, (b) vague job description, (c) no decision-making authority, (d) indispensable management support, and (e) searching resources for work fulfillment. Findings indicate that for organizations where nursing informatics development is ongoing, the IN role should be clearly defined as a specialist with identified support resources and decision-making authority. Nursing informatics interest groups should further develop training and certification programs to validate the professional image of the role. Concepts of nursing informatics should be included seamlessly throughout the educational curricula and informatics competency-based courses designed to strengthen student's technology use and data management capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015


  • Competency
  • Experiences
  • Informatics nurse
  • Interviews
  • Nurse roles


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