I'd encourage you and your parents to cotinue your research on the specialty of nursing informatics by contacting one of the NI organizations in your geographical location. You may need to start your research in the pure nursing field in order to get a clear understanding of the subspecialty of nursing informatics and how it relates to clinical nursing practice, pt care and health care....
You seem to have a few concepts confused--
1) you can have graduated from a school of nursing with a BSN - Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and not have passed the state board exam to receive your RN - (license as a Registered Nurse). Both successful completion of an accredited course of nursing studies and passing the state board exam combined are what legally allow you to practice as an RN. I wont even go into the different levels of nursing education and practice- example, LPN/LVN or associates degree vs bachelors education.
You do not have to hold a BSN, or an RN to practice in the specialty of Nursing Informatics but to hold national certification in this specialty you would have had to have taken and successfully passed the certification exam administered by ANA - the American Nurses Association.
Your question: "what does it take to be qualified to advance in a field of nursing informatics." Like most professions-- knowledge and experience.
The subspecialty of Nursing Informatics is as diverse as the specialty of Nursing. You will get a good overview by taking a look at the HIMSS NI survey Mariah mentioned and by contacting your local NI organization. If you dont know how to reach a NI organization near you - contact me via e-mail and I can assist you. I've been practicing in this specialty for over 5 years now, practiced as a hands on clinician for 10+ years prior to entering this specialty and I can tell you its stable, diverse, professionally rewarding and challenging - I really enjoy my work and I still cant believe they pay me to do it!!. I will also share with you my opinion that if you are a new nursing school
graduate you need to first get several years of hands on clinical nursing practice experience FIRST prior to coming into this subspecialty.
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I just have some questions about nursing informatics. I would appreciate whom ever will answer them. As for this point I have about a year left before I graduate high school. Nursing informatics has been a career that my parents and myself have been looking over in the medical field, however in the computer technology field. First question, what does it take to be qualified to advance in a field of nursing informatics. I have been told that you may need to be an RN first in order to study your BS into Nursing Informatics. Second question, what is the job mainly about? Is it all about research and development or setting up databases for the hospital records? Third question, a personal question to anyone who is currently undergoing the process of being one or already been one for an amount of years that if the job is well stable enough for general necessities and other stuff.