Informatics knowledge and skills are essential if clinicians are to master the large volume of information generated in healthcare today. Thus, it is vital that informatics competencies be defined for nursing and incorporated into both curricula and practice. Staggers, Gassert, and Curran have defined informatics competencies for four general levels of nursing practice. However, informatics competencies by role (eg, those specific for advanced practice nursing) have not been defined and validated. This article presents an initial proposed list of informatics competencies essential for nurse practitioner education and practice. To this list, derived from the work of Staggers et al.,1 has been added informatics competencies related to evidence-based practice. Two nurse informaticists and six nurse practitioners, who are program directors, were involved in the development of the proposed competencies. The next step will be to validate these competencies via research.
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Articles| August 01 2003
Informatics Competencies for Nurse Practitioners
Christine R. Curran, PhD, RN, CNA
From Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2003) 14 (3): 320–330.
Christine R. Curran; Informatics Competencies for Nurse Practitioners. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 2003; 14 (3): 320–330. doi:
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