Like everybody says nothing is better than having the basic first for you to be able to proceed to specializing..
I'm just curious that in other specialty area like ER new grads are accepted and trained now my question is can this be possible to nursing informatics especially if you have the interest an passion to it?
Don get me wrong in this thread its just a curious question..
I am very curious about NI. I have been a bedside acute care RN for 32 yrs. The past 2 years I have been doing telehealth/telephone triage. I heard this definition about telephone triage that has made me start thinking wild thoughts about going into NI at my old age,(56)--"telephone triage is part clinical nursing and part nursing informatics" 2 years ago when I was offered the job of telephone triage/telehealth in a family practice clinic- I didn't have a clue what it was but I needed a job even that one and it was only a temp( because finding a permenant position at my age and experience years in nursing was really dificult/next to impossible) I was totally confused and frustrated, and almost quite at the start even though I had done computer documentation on many different programs( Eclypse-clinical sunrise manager-my favorite, meditech-which I hate, and another I didn't take notice of). The system for the EHR they used was the government's DOD system- AHLTA which I absolutley love. Every one of my co-worker cursed this sytme and I became the unoffical "super user" even though we had an IT trainer( not a nurse) who would come to me when she needed to fuse the clinical with the IT in her explaination to another nurse This IT trainer told me I was a good teacher and I was very"methodical". I only learned my PC at home in 2003 and found I can't get off it. Last summer I had to get a faster computer and when work put on a new service pack to AHLTA I was at the computer Indy 500 and loving it. Needless to say I loved that job!! the first time in 32years, I loved a nursing job!!I found my self when it ended looking and landing another telephone triage nurse position but this time for a clinic that is trying to get their call center off the ground. I am the only nurse in the call center. I have call center reps but they can not triage and make clinical decisions. I have been told this is my baby-"make it your own". No one has ever done it there before so there is no one to run to for a speed bump- I will be it. They do have the traditional IT/computer tech staff(non nursing). I am both scared to death and excited as hell. At this new job, I have been shadowing the clinic staf around because I don't know how their routine flows. I knew how the old place's work flow was. Is this NI project managment, design and etc of the above mentioned skill set and job descriptions. I saw this as a golden opportunity even though it was quite a pay cut($15,000/Yr: $5.00/hr. $800/mo not including health insurance deduction after the probation period)
I forgot to add, this new postion is in a public health clinic- so I think I'm kind of spread out over NI, ambulatory care and public health- a far cry from cardiac stepdown/telemetry/med/surg/oncology and endoscopy.
I guess my question is : Is telehealth/telephone triage in the NI speciality realm? I am thinking about completing my BSN and going on to the school's the MSN in NI. What will I be suited for after this job? Before the original telehealth job, while I was unemployed I was considering getting out of nursing and taking an EHR certification course. Would this certificate still be benifical to get? I also took a 6 week coding and billing course online during this time but never worked in coding and billing. I love the computer work and searches.
I welcome your comments and insights.
Thank you in advance.
Last edit by kcmylorn on Jun 11, '12
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