The TIGER Initiative
Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform
TIGER Education and Faculty Development Collaborative

The TIGER Initiative received significant support from education-focused professional organizations including the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  By late 2008, both had revised their curricular recommendations to include the use of information technologies and electronic health records as a core component of basic nursing education.  This report will review the actions taken by these organizations as well as the ongoing development work that will continue to ensure that graduating nurses have the necessary informatics competencies to practice in today’s digital environment.


The National League for Nursing and two of their advisory committees are providing leadership in moving TIGER's agenda to prepare nurses to practice in a digital environment.  In May 2008, the NLN Board of Governors approved the position statement titled, Preparing the Next Generation of Nurses to Practice in a Technology-Rich Environment: An Informatics Agenda. The position statement is available online at 

The position statement outlines 23 recommendations for nursing school administrators, faculty and for the organization itself.  Examples of the recommendations include:

For Nursing School Administrators

  • Provide leadership to insure necessary infrastructure
  • Support faculty development
  • Work with Nursing leadership in the clinical arenas to insure student access to electronic systems
  • Establish criteria to assess the integration of informatics into the curriculum 

For Faculty

  • Participate in faculty development programs to learn about informatics
  • Designate a champion in every school of nursing
  • Work with clinical agencies to provide students with hands on experience

For the NLN

  • Seek funding for a think tankEncourage accreditation and other regulatory bodies to reach consensus on minimal informatics competencies for all nurses
  • Use the advisory council to create faculty development programs in informatics





AACN took the lead incorporating informatics as an essential element of Baccalaureate and the Doctor of Nursing Practice Education and

published “Essentials of Baccalaureate

Education for Professional Practice,” which can

be accessed at

This document serves as a framework for the

preparation of nurses for professional practice

in the 21st century. One of the nine essentials is

Information Management and Application of

Patient Care Technology. It is expected that all

baccalaureate education programs will

incorporate the new essentials into their


In addition, the AACN previously incorporated

informatics into their “Essentials of Doctoral

Education for Advanced Nursing Practice.” One

of the eight essentials is Information

Systems/Technology and Patient Care

Technology for the Improvement and

Transformation of Health Care. See the sample

recommendations for doctoral programs listed

below, and you can access all recommendations

online at:


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