Nursing Informatics

Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, information science and computer science

Do you want to make a real difference in nursing care, administration, education and research? Are you interested in managing data and information – boosting information processing with new tools and technologies as they unfold? Let this important field place you at the core of the nursing discipline.


What is Nursing Informatics?

Imagine finding new connections, new solutions that change nursing forever. Solutions that improve patient outcomes, lower costs, create new tools for teaching or patient care over the Internet.  


Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, information science and computer science to do that, and so much more. A Master's prepared nurse who engages in nursing informatics is an informatics nurse specialist. As an informatics nurse specialist, you will identify, collect, process and manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education, research and the expansion of nursing knowledge.


How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You?

Whether in the classroom or working in a clinical setting, you will find the learning environment at Vanderbilt to be dynamic and stimulating. The newly renovated Frist Nursing Informatics Center offers state-of-the art learning resources, and we deliberately integrate clinical practice with cutting-edge research and theory. Through this approach, you will be able to apply what you have learned to effectively design, implement and evaluate real-world informatics applications.


Your education is strengthened by our strategic alignment with the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center – a nationally recognized leader in the field. This provides opportunities for cross-disciplinary fertilization in course content, exciting clinical experiences and access to some of the finest informatics resources in the country. Vanderbilt leads the world in integrating academic informatics with the solutions of practical problems in clinical practice, education and research.


Learn from Where You Live – Convenient for Working Nurses and Others

The Nursing Informatics specialty is one of several specialties at Vanderbilt School of Nursing offered in a modified learning format that allows students to attend graduate school without having to relocate or give up employment. Due to State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request. Informatics students are only required to come to campus 2 times during their program of study.


What’s more, the informatics nurse is one of the specialties recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with certification via computer-based testing.