I actually have several questions. Feel free to answer any of them
I want to get into informatics, but I'm having licensure issues. I already have my BSN, and I was considering doing my masters in Nursing Informatics, but they usually require a nursing license. Health Informatics, on the other hand, doesn't. Would you recommend Health Informatics over Nursing Informatics? Why or why not? What's the difference?
btw, the two main programs i'm comparing are UT Houston's Masters in Health Informatics and U of Maryland's Masters in Nursing Informatics. UT Houston is cheaper for me because I'm a resident, but I've heard U of Maryland's program is the best when it comes to Nursing Informatics.
Also, how important is having a license to actually work in informatics?
Jul 1, '12
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i keep posting questions, but never get any answers...
Is Health Informatics a viable route to becoming an informatician if I decide not to reinstate my license? How is Health Informatics different from Nursing Informatics? How are they the same?
i'd really appreciate some answers... if anyone wants to help me...
Last edit by rninformatics on Jul 1, '12
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would you recommend health informatics over nursing informatics? why or why not? what's the difference?
when searching for jobs, at least in my personal experience, the only time this seems to matter, if it matters at all, is when you're looking for management jobs. some jobs might specifically ask for a master in nursing informatics, but many simply ask for a master's.
also, i know that when we have gone through candidates' resumes, it doesn't really matter to us what degree they have---health or nursing informatics. we are more interested in the experience they have in the field or the experience they have with an application. we don't sit there thinking, 'oh, this candidate is better because he has a master's in nursing informatics, and this candidate only has a master in health informatics.'
and what's the difference in the degrees? that your class composition will be either made up by (all) nurses, or made up by people with different (education) backgrounds, not just nursing.
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also, how important is having a license to actually work in informatics?
this also varies by jobs. some jobs specifically want you to have an active license, while others don't. when i worked for a vendor, they were just interested in the fact that i had clinical experience; and throughout the jobs i've had in the past, i never have had to give a copy of my nursing license or been asked for it; however, at some point i was looking for hospital jobs, and some of those jobs would say, "current rn license required." but plenty of jobs out there which don't/didn't require a license either.
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