The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has released the National informatics standards for nurses and midwives for the benefit of all nurses and midwives. These national Standards clearly articulate the standard of computer literacy, information literacy and information management required of all nurses and midwives, for practice.
The current minimum standards for registration as a registered nurse, midwife or enrolled nurse, do not specifically address the necessity for nurses or midwives to have basic informatics skills on completion of either undergraduate education (registered nurses and midwives) or vocational training (enrolled nurses). The findings of both a study undertaken by the then Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) in 2007, and this more recent project, highlighted the need for nurses and midwives to have informatics education and a standard for use of informatics in their practice.
We encourage all nurses and midwives to use these national Standards to ensure they are equipped to meet the information literacy and management demands of contemporary nursing and midwifery practice for the benefit of the Australian community.