Nursing informatics actively supports nursing by providing standard language systems, databases, decision support, readily accessible research results, and technology assessments. Through normalized datasets spanning an entire enterprise or other large demographic, nursing informatics tools support improvement of healthcare by answering questions about patient outcomes and quality improvement on an enterprise scale, and by providing documentation for business process definition, business process engineering, and strategic planning. Nursing informatics tools provide a way for advanced practice nurses to examine their practice and the effect of their actions on patient outcomes. Analysis of patient outcomes may lead to initiatives for quality improvement. Supported by nursing informatics tools, successful advance practice nurses leverage their quality improvement initiatives against the enterprise strategic plan to gain leadership support and resources.
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Articles| August 01 2003
Nursing Informatics, Outcomes, and Quality Improvement
Kathleen G. Charters, PhD, RN, CPHIMS
From the Department of Adult Health and Education, Administration, Informatics, and Health Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2003) 14 (3): 282–294.
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