Hayes Greer

Date of Defense

Spring 5-25-2012

Date of Graduation

Spring 4-28-2012



First Advisor

Sharie Falan

Second Advisor

Juanita Manning-Walsh

Third Advisor

Bernard Han, Business Information Systems


Informatics, Competencies, Patient care


The purpose of this thesis is to examine the implications and availability of nursing informatics competencies, and to address the current state of informatics competency guidelines and assessment tools. To possess competence in nursing informatics, one must possess the ability to obtain, store, retrieve, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom, which is essential to nursing practice. Nurses must be educated and competent in nursing informatics in order to exhibit safe and effective nursing practice. Many various lists and guidelines exist to address the distinct competencies that nurses must possess; however, very few resources are available to assess the degree to which one is competent in a specific area. Being able to identify which areas of nursing informatics competencies need further education is highly beneficial and constructive in the advancement of nursing practice. Possessing a tool that assesses how competent an individual is in nursing informatics ultimately improves outcomes of nursing practice and increases the safety and effectiveness of patient care.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Included in

Nursing Commons