In answer to your first question: No its not "necessary" to get a Masters in NI to practice in this specialty. Read more of the posts and you will see that many Informatics Nurses got their starts via on the job training - such as myself.
This is a very diverse specialty. Few Informatics Nurses write code - thats more of a pure programmer job but what you will find are nurses in research and development who evaluate and test out the applications or provide input related to design spefications/development, etc.
Please take a look at the subtopics on this forum to learn more about the subspecialties within NI and contact:
North Carolina State Nurses Association Council on Nursing Informatics (CONI) (www.unc.edu/%7Edbailey1/CONI/
Area: North Carolina, USA
Contact: Kay Lytle, Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berit Jasion, Vice Chair, email@example.com
Sally Kellum, Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Englebardt, Member at Large, email@example.com
Ellie Callahan-Hunt, Member at Large, firstname.lastname@example.org
thats your local NI organization above. Feel free to e-mail me if you have additional questions.
Quote from LuLuinNC
I am new to the forum..
I got my BS in Computer Science and decided that i wanted to go back to school for B.S. in Nursing as Second Career.
I've read a couple of entries regarding the area of Nurse Informatics.
My question is: Can I just use my Nursing degree and my previous BS to get those positions? or do i have to go get a masters in Nurse informatics?
I was also wondering about the whole field. Is it pretty diverse? or would someone simply be writing code for medical software?