Nursing Informatics Is Here To Stay - Are You Ready To Lead The Way
The day is fast approaching where the nursing informatics and
health informatics will become even more intertwined.
Soon the identity and medical history/condition of a person will
be available to a doctor, nurse or an emergency medical team by scanning a person's
bio-metric medical card.
The day will come sooner than we realize when a person's identity will
be verified instantly and his or her medical info retrieved by scanning a person's fingerprint, eye or
even their DNA makeup.
From the moment the EMS team out in the field takes control of a person requiring
medical attention, data about the patient taken from his or her bio-metric medical card or by the means listed
above will be transferred via wireless informatic health systems back to the hospital emergency
The hospital emergency team will know the medical history of the patient before
the patient's stretcher ever enters the emergency room.
Various hospital departments via the patient's bio-metric medical card will know
- Blood Type
- Allergies to Medicines
- Existing Medical Conditions
- Previous Surgeries
- Present Medications
- Insurance Information
Depending on the current medical problem associated with the
potential patient as indicated by the EMS team on-site, the power of the hospital's informatics systems will be
busy transmitting data to various intra-informatic systems such as the nursing informatics system.
Just think, patient information traveling the informatic system could notify
nurses to have a room ready, have dieticians planning meals more accurately to meet the patient's needs, ensure
pharmacy staffs have a specific type medicine for say a diabetic available and give inventory specialists better
control in ordering supplies for the hospital.
From the main hospital information system, there will be the various electronic
data arteries like the nursing informatics system used to connect and store the massive volume of data presently
traveling wildly and blindly across a hospital's current data network.
Sooner than most health professionals realize, registered nurses will be utilizing
PDA's with cell phone capability and electronic note tablets to harness the power of the nursing informatic
Instead of running back to the nurses station all the time to manage the patients
under your care, your now "can't do without" electronic data devices will pull up a patient's data and even notify
you when specifics tasks need to be accomplished.
The scenarios described above are taking place now in small steps in hospitals
across America in preparation for the major push in patient data storage and data utilization coming
Hospital management will be looking for the nursing talent to help design then
train nurses within the hospital to utilize the power of the informatics systems.
Are You Ready To Be The Nursing Informatics
While hospital management teams will hire IT persons with computer
science and information science experience, they will seriously looking for registered nurses who can take and
blend their nursing science knowledge and experience with the two disciplines above to take the lead in
operating the nursing informatics system for the hospital.
In fact, hospitals will pay licensed registered nurses more if they also have the
training and certification in computer science and information science as informatics specialists. The average pay
for a Nursing Informatics
Specialist as of 2007 was $83,675.
Are you the registered nurse who has the ability to understand the power and
combined synergy of nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data,
information, and knowledge in nursing practice?
Do you want to be the nursing informatics specialist for the hospital who helped
evaluate the workflow process and implications to influence the system design?
Will you be the registered nurse who helped optimize the information /
communication tools to make it easier for the nurses to use while also addressing integration / interoperability
issues with hospital management?
How Do You Become A Certified Nursing Informatics
Many universities are offering nursing informatics training at the Bachelors and
Graduate Levels within a Nursing degree program or a degree specifically as a Nursing Informatics
Once you have met the nursing degree education requirements, informatics training
and registered nurse requirements; you can sit for the certification test.
Certification as a nurse informatics specialist is given by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC) by holding a current active RN License with 2 full years of practice completed,
required course work completed, have specific experience and/or completed required continuing education
Verify your state does not require additional or different certification
requirements than those of ANCC.
Verify the current American Nurses
Credentialing Center certification requirements by visiting their web
Can You Use A Nursing Informatics Degree in Business,
Industry and Government
Business and Industry is on the hunt for Nursing Informatics Specialists with
active RN Licenses to help design and get their electronic data and communication systems into hospitals around the
To build electronic health record systems and develop synergies between electronic
data/communication systems, Business and Industry need project management teams, system development teams, analysts
and teams to implement the systems which includes training nurses.
Nursing Informatics Consultants to Business and Industry are known to average
$200K or more in fees.
Government entities around the world, and specifically the United States
government, are in need of trained Nursing Informatics Specialists to work in the numerous public health agencies
that include VA hospitals and agencies that monitor hospitals.
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A registered nurse or a person willing to become one can add to their personal job
security plan by training to become a Nursing Informatics Specialist.
A registered nurse with the training and special talent to understand the power
waiting to be harnessed from merging nursing science, computer science and information science will be in high
demand for years to come.