Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 6th Edition

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byVirginia Saba, Kathleen A. McCormick

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Discover how technology can improve patient care -- and enhance every aspect of a nurse’s job performance, education, and career

Written by leaders in nursing informatics, this comprehensive up-to-date text helps you understand how informatics can enhance every aspect of the nursing profession. This edition of Essentials of Nursing Informatics is highlighted by an outstanding team of international contributors and content that reflects the very latest concepts, technologies, policies, and required skills. Numerous case studies take the book beyond theory and add real-world relevance to the material.

Essentials of Nursing Informatics is logically divided into ten sections edited by leading nurse informaticists:

  • Nursing Informatics Technologies (Jacqueline Ann Moss)
  • System Life Cycle (Virginia K. Saba)
  • Informatics Theory Standards/Foundations of Nursing Informatics (Virginia K. Saba)
  • Nursing Informatics Leadership (Kathleen Smith)
  • Advanced Nursing Informatics in Practice (Gail E. Latimer)
  • Nursing Informatics/Complex Applications (Kathleen A. McCormick)
  • Educational Applications (Diane J. Skiba)
  • Research Applications (Virginia K. Saba)
  • Big Data Initiatives (Kathleen A. McCormick)
  • International Perspectives (Susan K. Newbold)

    Essentials of Nursing Informatics is the best single resource for learning how technology can make the nursing experience as rewarding and successful as possible.

    New Feature! The 6th Edition introduces an online faculty resource to supplement classroom teaching (available at, offering instructors concise chapter outlines, learning objectives, key words, and explanatory illustrations and tables.

    Also, for the first time, a companion study guide for the 6th Edition is available separately from McGraw-Hill Education (Essentials of Nursing Informatics Study Guide/ISBN: 978-007-184-5892; edited by Julianne Brixey, Jack Brixey, Virginia K. Saba, and Kathleen A. McCormick), presenting teaching modules for all major chapters, with content outlines, teaching tips, class preparation ideas, review questions, answer explanations, and online PowerPoint slides to aid understanding and retention of all major concepts covered in Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 6th Edition.

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Discover how technology can improve patient care -- and enhance every aspect of a nurse’s job performance, education, and careerWritten by leaders in nursing informatics, this comprehensive up-to-date text helps you understand how informatics can enhance every aspect of the nursing profession. This edition of Essentials of Nursing Info...

Virginia K. Saba, EdD, RN, FACMI, FAAN, LL has been a pioneer in the integration of computer technology into the practice of nursing for more than 30 years, and spearheaded the nursing informatics movement. Her resume includes a 15-year tenure at Georgetown University, where she taught and integrated computer technology into both the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 7.3 × 1.3 inPublished:April 14, 2015Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix
Foreword 1 xvii
Foreword 2 xix
Preface xxi
Acknowledgments xxiii

Part 1 - Nursing Informatics 
Technologies 1
Jacqueline Ann Moss
1 Historical Perspectives of Nursing
Informatics . 3
Virginia K. Saba and Bonnie L. Westra
2 Computer Hardware . 23
Mary L. McHugh
3 Advanced Hardware and mHealth . 37
Kathleen G. Charters and Patricia B. Wise
4 Computer Software . 45
Mary L. McHugh
5 Open Source and Free Software . 55
David J. Whitten
6 Data and Data Processing . 83
Irene Joos and Ramona Nelson
7 Health Data Standards: Development,
Harmonization, and Interoperability . 101
Joyce Sensmeier
8 Standardized Nursing Terminologies . 115
Nicholas R. Hardiker, Virginia K. Saba and
Tae Youn Kim
9 Human-Computer Interaction . 131
Gregory L. Alexander
10 Trustworthy Systems for Safe
and Private Healthcare . 145
Dixie B. Baker

Part 2 - System Life Cycle 161
Virginia K. Saba
11 System Life Cycle: A Framework . 163
Marina Douglas and Marian Celli
12 System and Functional Testing . 189
Theresa J. Settergren
13 System Life Cycle Tools . 203
Denise D. Tyler
14 Healthcare Project Management . 215
Judy Murphy and Patricia C. Dykes

Part 3 - Informatics Theory
Standards-Foundations of Nursing
Informatics 227
Virginia K. Saba
15 The Practice Specialty of Nursing
Informatics . 229
Kathleen M. Hunter and Carol J. Bickford
16 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Policy . 249
Judy Murphy and Elizabeth (Liz) O. Johnson

Part 4 - Nursing Informatics
Leadership 273
Kathleen Smith
17 The Role of the Nurse Executive in Information
Technology Decision-Making . 275
Roy L. Simpson
18 Establishing Nursing Informatics in Public
Policy . 281
Dana Alexander and Elizabeth Casey Halley
19 Communication Skills in Health IT, Building
Strong Teams for Successful Health IT
Outcomes . 293
Elizabeth (Liz) O. Johnson
vi Contents
20 Assessing the Vendors . 309
Mark D. Sugrue
21 Nurse Scheduling and Credentialing
Systems . 323
Karlene M. Kerfoot and Kathleen Smith
22 Informatics and the Healthcare Industry . 333
Amy J. Barton

Part 5 - Advanced Nursing Informatics in
Practice 345
Gail E. Latimer
23 Structuring Advanced Practice Knowledge:
An Internet Resource for Education
and Practice . 347
Mary Ann Lavin, Eileen Healy
and Mary Lee Barron
24 Nursing Informatics in Retail Clinics . 363
Frances (Fran) M. Spivak and Sandra Festa Ryan
25 Care Delivery Across the Care Continuum:
Hospital-Community-Home . 371
Charlotte A. Weaver and Laura Heermann
26 Foundation of a Nursing Plan of Care
Standard . 385
Luann Whittenburg and Virginia K. Saba
27 Computerized Provider Order Entry . 401
Emily B. Barey
28 Physiological Monitoring and Device
Interface . 409
R. Renee Johnson-Smith
29 Health Information Technology:
Striving to Improve Patient Safety . 419
Patricia P. Sengstack
30 The Role of Technology in the
Medication-Use Process . 429
Matthew C. Grissinger and Michelle M. Mandrack
31 The Magnet Model . 451
Andrea Mazzoccoli and Susan H. Lundquist
32 Public Health Practice Applications . 457
Judy D. Gibson, Janise Richards, Arunkumar Srinivasan
and Derryl E. Block
33 Informatics Solutions for Emergency Planning
and Response . 471
Elizabeth (Betsy) Weiner and Capt. Lynn A. Slepski
34 Federal Healthcare Sector Nursing
Informatics . 485
Capt. Margaret S. Beaubien, Murielle S. Beene,
Christine Boltz, Lee Ann Harford, LTC Mike Ludwig,
Daniel F. Marsh, Joel L. Parker, COL Katherine
Taylor Pearson and Capt. Stephanie J. Raps
35 Consumer/Patient Engagement and eHealth
Resources . 499
Barbara B. Frink

Part 6 - Nursing Informatics-Complex
Applications 511
Kathleen A. McCormick
36 Healthcare Analytics . 513
Kathleen C. Kimmel
37 Planning, Design, and Implementation of
Information Technology in Complex
Healthcare Systems . 525
Thomas R. Clancy
38 The Quality Spectrum in Informatics . 537
Rosemary Kennedy, Heidi Bossley, Juliet Rubini and
Beth B. Franklin
39 Translation of Evidence into Nursing
Practice . 553
Lynn McQueen, Heather Carter-Templeton and
Kathleen A. McCormick
40 Improving Healthcare Quality and Patient
Outcomes Through the Integration of
Evidence-Based Practice and Informatics . 569
Joanne M. Seasholtz and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk
41 Incorporating Evidence: Use of
Computer-Based Clinical Decision
Support Systems for Health Professionals . 583
Margaret Ross Kraft and Ida M. Androwich
Contents vii

Part 7 - Educational Applications 591
Diane J. Skiba
42 Nursing Curriculum Reform and
Healthcare Information
Technology . 593
Eun-Shim Nahm and Marisa L. Wilson
43 The TIGER Initiative . 609
Michelle R. Troseth
44 Initiation and Management of Accessible,
Effective Online Learning . 617
Patricia E. Allen, Khadija Bakrim, Darlene Lacy,
Enola Boyd and Myrna L. Armstrong
45 Social Media in the Connected Age:
Impact on Healthcare Education and
Practice . 631
Diane J. Skiba, Sarah Knapfel
and Chanmi Lee
46 A Paradigm Shift in Simulation:
Experiential Learning in
Virtual Worlds . 643
Helen R. Connors and Judith J. Warren

Part 8 - Research Applications 661
Virginia K. Saba
47 Computer Use in Nursing Research . 663
Veronica D. Feeg and Theresa A. Rienzo
48 Information Literacy and Computerized
Information Resources . 687
Diane S. Pravikoff and June Levy

Part 9 - Big Data Initiatives 705
Kathleen A. McCormick
49 Genomics and Information Technology
for Personalized Health . 707
Kathleen A. McCormick and Kathleen A. Calzone
50 Global eHealth and Informatics . 727
Amy Coenen, Claudia C. Bartz and Martha K. Badger

Part 10 - International Perspectives 739
Susan K. Newbold
51 Nursing Informatics in Canada . 741
Lynn M. Nagle, Kathryn J. Hannah and
Margaret Ann Kennedy
52 Nursing Informatics in Europe . 751
Kaija Saranto, Virpi Jylhä, Ulla-Mari Kinnunen and
Eija Kivekäs
53 Pacific Rim Perspectives . 777
Evelyn J. S. Hovenga, Michelle L. L. Honey and
Lucy A. Westbrooke
54 Nursing Informatics in Asia . 801
Hyeoun-Ae Park
55 Nursing Informatics in South America . 817
Heimar de Fatima Marin
56 Nursing Informatics in South Africa . 827
Irene van Middelkoop and Susan Meyer
Appendix A Overview of Clinical Care
Classification System . 833
Virginia K. Saba and Luann Whittenburg
Index . 855