Quote from natron20
I've decided to go back to school to become an RN. I already have a BS in another field so I will be going the accelerated BSN route.
I heard someone mention nursing informatics the other day and thought I would look to see what it is about. I've been reading the forms and found the ANIA website but after reading all of this I still have no idea what a nurse in this field does.
Because I can tell it deals with IT and electronic records it may be something I already have a background in. I currently work at a Help Desk for a health care registry that uses electronic data capture. Where I work we offer clinical as well as technical support so I feel like I have a decent background in both as it stands right now. I'm just trying to see if this is something that might be for me.
Thanks for everyone for any input.
Here's a few sites to ponder
this one might not be right.
What these companies need/want is a "person" to show the nurses how to use a computer to chart with. What happened initially with this technology was that the programmer didn't know nurse speak. They didn't know what nurses needed/wanted in their computer aided charting system.
That's where nurses came in . We speak the language we know how the day goes etc. We make the programmers life livable. LOL
Same with pharmacy, OR, scheduling. Someone can write the program but if they don't know the "language" of the discipline it doesn't always work well.
You could probably get your Master's in Health Informatics without a nursing degree. U of Maryland has a great program. You'd have to check it out as I don't know if they accept non nurses.