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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deborah Lewis, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book is described by the authors as an introductory text for those new to nursing informatics. This is the third edition, which speaks to its utilization and importance as a cornerstone text in nursing informatics.
Purpose: The book guides the reader who wants basic information on the role of nurses in informatics and the use of information systems and information management in various aspects of nursing practice, education, management, and research. The content is clearly important as healthcare moves quickly toward electronic health information across the continuum of care. The book meets the authors' stated goals and it is written by recognized experts in the field of nursing informatics.
Audience: The authors state that the book is written for nursing students, administrators, and clinicians new to nursing informatics. This should serve as a useful reference and teaching tool for any nurse interested in learning more about informatics.
Features: The book introduces foundational terms and concepts, as well as broad coverage of common applications in nursing practice, education, administration, and research. Sections include: Foundations of Nursing Informatics; Nursing Use of Information Systems; Applications of Nursing Informatics; Infrastructure Elements of the Informatics Environment; and Professional Nursing Informatics. Appendixes include a list of nursing informatics groups, professional societies and informatics programs available worldwide. A useful glossary of terms is also included.
Assessment: Another book in the series, Nursing Informatics: Where Caring and Technology Meet, 3rd edition (Springer, 2000), by Ball et al., is considered by the authors to be a companion to this book. The 2000 publication provides more specific coverage of applications and issues in nursing informatics practice. The following books are suggested for evaluation by those seeking additional resources for nursing informatics. Each book makes an important contribution to the discipline and readers may want to review them for their specific information or resource needs. Saba and McCormick, Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 4th edition (McGraw Hill, 2006), is a foundation textbook for both undergraduate and graduate nursing students that is newly updated and enhanced with companion web site and case studies in each chapter. Englebardt and Nelson, Health Care Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Elsevier, 2001), is an interdisciplinary textbook focusing on topics in informatics relevant to all fields of healthcare that includes an online resource for both instructors and students. Thede, Informatics and Nursing: Opportunities and Challenges, 2nd edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003) provides a comprehensive approach to the study of nursing informatics and includes many diagrams and tables to aid understanding. Hebda, Mascara, and Czar, Handbook of Informatics for Nurses and Health Care Professionals, 3rd edition (Prentice Hall Health, 2004) introduces the computer technology used by nurses and other healthcare professionals and includes a companion website.