Originally posted by Cqc_Cqb
How would I add informatics skills to my nursing foundation, is that what the ANA /ANCC certification exams are for?
You'd add informatics skills either through taking classes or OJT (on the job experience/training). The ANA/ANCC Certification in Nursing Informatics is similiar to any other nursing certification( example it provides validation of your clinical expertise in a given specialty. Per ANCC - certification provides "tangible recognition of professional achievement in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing." One of the prerequisits to sitting for the NI cert exam is 2000 hours of previous practice or academic credit/course work. Go to the ANA/ANCC website for exact details on the prerequisits. So no, people do not take this exam to obtain informatics skills but already have the skills and want validation on a national level.
"Also are the entry level positions in informaticsfor persons with a Bachelors Degree, whether in Nursing or IS /IT?"
Both, there are entry level positions that require clinical backgrounds i.e. the person could hold a degree in microbiology, pharmacy, laboratory scienes, nursing or IT/IS. It all depends on what the organization is looking for.
"I see you have a BSN - what does the BC mean behind your RN. Also how did you move into the informatics area, and what area do you work in now? What type of education did you do in order to become board certified as an informatics nurse."
I was originally an Associates degree RN , practiced clinically for 18 years when in 1996 I transitioned from direct hands on care to I.S.
I held a BSN both when I made the transition and when I sat for the exam . I sat for the NI cert exam after practicing 2 years in the specialty.
I've held several roles within healthcare informatics, primarily in systems implementation/installation- Informatics Coordinator, Clinical Analyst, Clinical Applications Specialist, Nursing Informatics Consultant and Research Informatics Nurse. My current role is Project Manager, Clinical Information Systems for a pediatric hospital.
I am currently in graduate school pursuing a Masters in Nursing with a major in Clinical Systems Management (class of 04!!!). The "BC" behind my name stands for 'Board Certified' - the credential one is awarded upon successfully passing the NI certification exam.
Since you are currently located in an acute care facility why don't you contact your IS dept. See if there is a clinical analyst in the department that you can speak with - pick his or her brain, find out if they have plans for any new systems installations and see if there might not be a spot for you on the team as a super user. It would be a voluntary (read that as a part-time non- paying role) but a valuable chance for you to get some experience under your belt and see what is involved in hospital IT/IS.