Nursing Informatics Test Questions

To get certified in Nursing Informatics, you must pass the ANCC Nursing Informatics Certification Exam. This is a challenging test that requires you to combine your understanding of nursing and healthcare with the organization and optimization of technology. Start your test review with our Nursing Informatics practice questions. These free practice questions will give you a preview of what to expect on the test.


Nursing Informatics Exam Questions

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Question 1
The nurse receives an order from the doctor to send him via email a compressed file of the patient’s laboratory and diagnostic results. The nurse understands that to compress a file is to:

A
eliminate enough random bits of information to get the file down to a predetermined size.
B
add bits of information which, paradoxically, make the file smaller.
C
reduce bits by identifying and eliminating statistical redundancy.
D
to send as is in a different email program.
Question 1 Explanation: 
Compression is the act of removing redundant bits of information from a file in order to make it smaller in size.
Question 2
Input, output, processing, feedback, and control are all elements related to which of the following?

A
System Theory.
B
Cognitive Theory.
C
Behavioral Science.
D
Data Loss Protection.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The Systems Theory is based on parts, interaction between the parts, interdependency between the parts, as well as input, output, processing, feedback, and control.
Question 3
The hospital administration is working towards providing their employees higher workplace satisfaction, and they are selecting ergonomically designed office fixtures as one of their strategies to meet this goal. Ergonomics is the science of designing:

A
the most efficient use of time by workers.
B
the quickest method of getting work done.
C
the work environment for the usability of workers.
D
the work environment for the purpose of challenging workers.
Question 3 Explanation: 
Ergonomics is the science of designing a work environment for the convenience and usability of the worker.
Question 4
What is the difference between phishing and malware when it comes to data security?

A
Malware infects the computer while phishing only infects email.
B
Malware infects the computer while phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity.
C
Malware gains access to information and reports back, while phishing keeps the information local.
D
Malware infects a computer and makes it difficult to access, while phishing allows the user to retain access to information.
Question 4 Explanation: 
Phishing emails commonly pretend to be other companies or entities in order to get people to respond and provide their private information. Malware is malicious software that is used to gather sensitive information, disrupt computer operations, and access private computer systems.
Question 5
Which of the following is the correct definition of granularity?

A
Granularity describes the accurate quality of information.
B
Granularity describes the range of information.
C
Granularity describes the timely quality of information.
D
Granularity describes the depth of detail of information.
Question 5 Explanation: 
Granularity describes the depth of detail that the language system represents. For example, a nursing diagnosis that does not provide a complete picture of a patient is not granular. If they add further information, that will increase the granularity successfully.
Question 6
The IT staff directed the nurse supervisor that the newly integrated software is now ready for “load testing”. Which of the following is an example of load testing?

A
Adding qualities to a piece of software and testing them.
B
Have the max number of users access the software at the same time.
C
Run the software through an antivirus.
D
Remove RAM from the computer and then test the software.
Question 6 Explanation: 
Load testing assesses the behavior of the software by applying maximum load in terms of software accessing and manipulating large input data.
Question 7
The informatics nurse conducts a test designed to look at a fixed glitch and ensure it has not caused unintended secondary problems. This type of testing is known as:

A
Alpha testing.
B
Totality testing.
C
Beta testing.
D
Regression testing.
Question 7 Explanation: 
Regression testing is done to check that a fixed item has not inadvertently caused another error.
Question 8
Select the type of database model that would be BEST for a hospital patient record management system.

A
Database management system.
B
Object-oriented database model.
C
Relational database model.
D
Object programming.
Question 8 Explanation: 
Object-oriented database models are best for hospital patient record systems because they are able to relate a large number of characteristics to each other.
Question 9
The informatics nurse requires a tool that includes software permitting users to share documents online and work on them in real time. Which of the following types would be most suitable?

A
Hybrid tool.
B
Offline tool.
C
Web-enhanced tool.
D
Web-based tool.
Question 9 Explanation: 
A web-based tool, such as Google Docs or ThinkFree would allow real-time document collaboration.
Question 10
In a workflow management system, processing occurs during which phase?

A
Input.
B
Output.
C
Throughput.
D
Outflow.
Question 10 Explanation: 
Processing occurs during throughput, while clinical data is received during input. The output is produced after processing.
Question 11
Which of the following was enacted by Congress to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

A
The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
B
American Health Care Reform Act of 2013.
C
America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.
D
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Question 11 Explanation: 
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as "ACA" or "Obamacare") was passed by Congress in an unusual method. Two separate reform bills had been passed by each house of Congress, but neither bill was passed by the other house by the end of 2009. Lacking 60 votes in the Senate, the House passed the Senate bill and then passed a new bill to amend it using the reconciliation process. This bill was called the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. As a reconciliation bill it was able to pass in the Senate needing only 50 votes, and was then signed by President Obama.
Question 12
The informatics nurse know that data warehouses are related to data marts when she explains that:

A
Data warehouses contain data marts.
B
Data marts contain data warehouses.
C
Data warehouses are identical to data marts.
D
Data warehouses are the opposite of data marts.
Question 12 Explanation: 
Data warehouses contain data marts, which are smaller, more specific collections of information.
Question 13
Nursing Informatics is a specialty in nursing that is supported with different theoretical foundations. The Social Learning Theory is an adult learning theory based on the idea that:

A
a person’s behavior is focused on conscious goals and intended outcomes.
B
a person’s behavior is based on expectancy and the learner’s opinion of the outcome.
C
a person’s behavior is learned by watching others.
D
a person’s behavior is controlled by the consequences.
Question 13 Explanation: 
The Social Learning Theory is based on the idea that adults learn by watching the behaviors of other adults. When a person’s behavior is controlled by the consequences, this is known as Reinforcement Theory. The Goal Setting Theory talks about conscious goals determining behavior, while the Expectancy Theory focuses on what the person expects.
Question 14
What is the purpose of read-only memory (ROM)?

A
To maintain information saved on a hard drive even when the computer shuts down.
B
To hold onto temporary information and erase it when the computer shuts down.
C
To hold files only accessible by personnel.
D
To maintain information in a secondary, back-up drive.
Question 14 Explanation: 
ROM is a form of permanent storage. Its data and programs can only be read by the computer and are not erased by a computer shut-down.
Question 15
Which of the following is a tool that is used by more than 90 percent of America's health insurance plans in order to measure performance on dimensions of care and service?

A
The Healthcare Information Data (HID).
B
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS).
C
The Healthcare Modulation Arrangement (HMA).
D
None of the above.
Question 15 Explanation: 
HEDIS is now the standard for more than 90 percent of healthcare insurance plans.
Question 16
A ___________ is a computer system that supports some aspect of the human decision-making process.

A
transaction system
B
decision support system
C
physiologic monitoring system
D
management information system
Question 16 Explanation: 
A decision support system is a computer system that supports some aspect of the human decision-making process. Decision support systems work with the user to support, but not replace, human judgment in a decision-making situation.
Question 17
A hemodynamic monitor can do all the following functions except:

A
capnographic studies.
B
monitoring of glucose levels.
C
assess vascular system integrity.
D
measure brain waves activity.
Question 17 Explanation: 
Hemodynamic monitors assess and monitors hemodynamic parameters and not neurological or brain wave activities.
Question 18
A diabetic patient takes his blood sugar every day and relays this information using the household telephone jack to a central server location. He is most likely using a:

A
personal emergency response system.
B
peripheral biometric device.
C
sensor and activity monitoring system.
D
real-time telehealth system.
Question 18 Explanation: 
Peripheral biometric devices are telecommunications-ready measurement devices, such as blood pressure cuffs and blood glucose meters, which typically use the household telephone jack to transmit patient data to a central server location.
Question 19
A newly hired nurse gets her orientation at the Critical Care Unit. She understands that a physiologic monitoring systems consist of the following:

A
bedside monitor, telemetry unit, central station, and other associated network components.
B
telemetry unit and bedside monitor.
C
sensors and alarm systems.
D
network components and bedside monitor.
Question 19 Explanation: 
A complete physiologic monitoring system would comprise of the following: bedside monitor, telemetry unit, central station, and other associated network components.
Question 20
A staff nurse having computer access to health care information such as trauma history, vital signs, and current treatments, in summary form with graphics depicting trends, is an example of:

A
a clinical decision support system.
B
artificial intelligence.
C
a point of care system.
D
healthcare technology.
Question 20 Explanation: 
Clinical decision support systems are computer software applications that match patient characteristics with a knowledge base to generate specific care recommendations.
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