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Informatics Competencies for Nurse Leaders

A Scoping Review

Strudwick, Gillian, PhD, RN; Nagle, Lynn, PhD, RN, FAAN; Kassam, Iman, BSc; Pahwa, Meera; Sequeira, Lydia, MHI

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 6 - p 323–330
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000760

OBJECTIVE To consolidate informatics competencies for nurse leaders.

BACKGROUND Nurses in leadership positions with financial and human resource responsibilities have the capacity to shape how technologies are selected, implemented, and used. Many nurse leaders are not equipped with the essential informatics competencies to do so effectively. There have been efforts to identify a set of standard informatics competencies that should be core to every nurse leader's suite of capabilities; nonetheless, these efforts have yet to be disseminated widely.

METHODS A scoping review was conducted by: 1) identifying the research questions; 2) identifying relevant studies; 3) selecting studies; 4) extracting collected data; and 5) reporting the results.

RESULTS Fifteen articles were found, and 11 competency themes related to informatics knowledge, informatics skills, and others were identified.

CONCLUSION Findings of this review can be used to support nursing leaders in their identification of gaps in their informatics knowledge and skill.

Author Affiliations: Independent Scientist (Dr Strudwick), Information Management Group, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto; Assistant Professor (Dr Nagle), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto; Students (Mss Kassam and Pahwa) and PhD Student (Ms Sequeira), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Strudwick, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1001 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1H4 (

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