Background to the HISI-NM Group

The Health Informatics Society of Ireland Nursing and Midwifery (HISINM) group is part of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI). As a group HISINM was originally established in 1996 with a view to promote the practice and knowledge of Nursing Informatics in Ireland. Since its inception HISINM has provided leadership, networking and educational opportunities for nurses and midwives with an interest in informatics in Ireland. Nursing and Midwifery practice in 2013 has changed significantly since 1996. Informatics competencies are now seen as a fundamental skill set in nursing and midwifery practice (TIGER).

On the 25th of January 2013 the HISINM Group facilitated a workshop with key stakeholders that have an interest in nursing/midwifery informatics in Ireland. This workshop included participants from rural and urban, private, public, primary and secondary health care, as well as academics engaged in nursing/midwifery informatics research and education. In addition representatives from Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann were also in attendance. Individuals attended because there is an increasing realisation that the nursing and midwifery informatics agenda in Ireland is approaching a critical time and as a consequence requires a logical systematic review and dedicated leadership. The outcome of this workshop is considered to be the first step in this review process. A strategic action plan has been devised which outlines first principles for HISINM and forms the basis for the short, medium, and long terms goals for driving forward the nursing informatics agenda in Ireland.

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