Quote from rosie23
Do you think it would be valuable to take a basic computer course, just to get my feet wet and make sure I really like it? I do enjoy "tech" things - use the computer a LOT at home, enjoy research and data collection, This website has been so helpful - thanks for your advice up to now!
When you say "a basic computer course" What exactly do you mean? Are you thinking of taking a course in MS Office appliations - Word, Excel, etc? or are you thinking of taking a course in how computers, operating systems and networks function, or are you thinking of taking a course in computer programming? Informatics is a wide and varied specialty. It all depends on what exactly you want to do in it. Decide that first.
If you have a basic understanding of Office applications, Relational Databases and the rudamentary operations of a computer you have some foundational skills but Informatics is far more than this.
So again, do your research on the specialty and what the roles are within it. Join your local Nursing Informatics specialty group, join a NI listserve group, subscribe to journals such as CIN and the OJNI (the On-line Journal in Nursing Informatcs), read Informatics texts, attend conferences, etc This way you can make an educated decision as to what specific role (within Informatics) you might practice in.