Abstract: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses each mandate informatics competencies for students in nursing programs from BSN to DNP. Despite these competency and accreditation mandates, there is a tremendous need to increase the number of faculty prepared to teach informatics as current faculty have reported that they do not understand what informatics is nor how to teach it. To widen this gap, when there is a need to improve health outcomes as a result of standardizing and integrating the information that nurses gather in electronic health records and other information systems, the complexity of “teaching informatics” which would then include concepts of interoperability, standards, data modelling, data science, and analytics moves beyond the fundamentals and outside the level of knowledge of most faculty in schools of nursing. The Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science Initiative, an interprofessional collaboration of over 150 professionals from academia, practice, research, information technology, health systems, and standards organizations from across the nation, recognized this gap as a major stumbling block towards the ultimate goal of comparable and sharable nursing data informing the value of nursing to the outcomes of patients and communities. In response, among the 10 workgroups carrying out a national action plan, an Education Workgroup was established to address this gap. The Education Workgroup was charged with forming an action plan based on consensus of 15 workgroup experts and the over 150 interprofessional informatics experts. The presentation will provide to attendees that action plan along with goals and objectives, resources, and opportunities for collaboration. The action plan and resources address identified needs among deans and directors, accreditating bodies, faculty developing curricula, and faculty teaching content in most nursing schools in the United States.


Marisa Wilson (Presenter)
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Eva Manos (Presenter)
University of Kansas School of Nursing