Planning to apply to this MSN program

  1. I dont know if this has been posted already, but University of Texas has a school of health information sciences at houston

    heres the link
    http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/

    they have a Masters in healthcare informatics
    http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/education/master-of-science

    i have my BSN and i plan to apply to this program in 2 years. It doesnt seem nursing specific, but i plan i want to get into a broader spectrum aside from Nursing informatics. it does have some itsy bits of information related to nursing. i love being a nurse, but i want to elevate my career with my love with IT.

    i was thinking how i would fit into the program coming from a Nursing background

    heres the Masters program with a focus area on clinical informatics

    What is Clinical Informatics?

    Clinical Informatics is a multi-disciplinary field that brings together computer science, cognitive science, and biomedical sciences to understand and solve information problems in healthcare. It is the study of how health data is collected, stored and communicated; how that data is processed into health information suitable for clinical decision making; and how information technology can be applied to support those processes.
    Why Clinical Informatics?

    Health care and biomedicine have both benefited and suffered from information overload. Information processing is central to clinical work. Clinicians gather general knowledge about the world and collect specific information about their patients. They then apply the general knowledge to the specific patient in order to make clinical decisions. Finally, they implement these decisions. Better information, therefore, will lead to better care. In general, clinical informatics is concerned with helping clinicians of all types leverage information to improve care.

    Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a variety of skills. Each student, along with a faculty admissions committee, determines the student's curriculum from a matrix of courses. Scientists and practitioners across UTHSC-Houston, the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and beyond provide a real world laboratory for honing reasoning, knowledge and research skills. The program has received strong support from UT-Houston and other TMC institutions.

    the coordinator of the masters program has a DSN, meaning its a Doctorate of Science in Nursing? or does it mean something else



    i just want to know if coming from a Nursing background i would fit in easily because i love IT, and if anyone is in the houston area please chime in, i would greatly appreciate it!
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  3. by   rninformatics
    I don't know if you would "fit in because you love IT"...........but more importantly because you do have practice experience as a clinician...a nurse.
    It reads: " Clinical Informatics is a multi-disciplinary field"..... Nursing is a clinical discipline, correct?

    I'd agree with your career goals related to concentrating on a broader focus area of informatics than just nursing informatics.
    I'd say a"love of IT" is nice and a start but what IT specific skills/knowledge do you currently have?
    I'd say for this Masters program you should find out exactly what foundational informatics skills/knowledge you need to enter and succeed in this program.
    Do you need (and do you currently have) a basic understanding of databases?
    Do you need (and do you currently have) a comfort level with the use of MS Office - Word, Excel, Power Point, Access??

    Do have an understanding of the metastructures of informatics - data, information, knowledge, wisdom?
    Do you have or will you need basic knowledge about systems analysis, design, testing,evaluation, life-cycle, networking?
    Do you have any foundational knowledge about informatics? If not, I'd suggest you get started filling in your "love" of IT with real-world knowledge of the discipline's basic principles and skill sets.
    You are a nurse so we know you can do it!
    Many of the skills that make you a good clinician can also make you a good Informaticist.
    Best of Luck in your endeavors!


    Quote from ace587
    I dont know if this has been posted already, but University of Texas has a school of health information sciences at houston

    heres the link
    http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/

    they have a Masters in healthcare informatics
    http://www.shis.uth.tmc.edu/education/master-of-science

    i have my BSN and i plan to apply to this program in 2 years. It doesnt seem nursing specific, but i plan i want to get into a broader spectrum aside from Nursing informatics. it does have some itsy bits of information related to nursing. i love being a nurse, but i want to elevate my career with my love with IT.

    i was thinking how i would fit into the program coming from a Nursing background

    heres the Masters program with a focus area on clinical informatics

    What is Clinical Informatics?

    Clinical Informatics is a multi-disciplinary field that brings together computer science, cognitive science, and biomedical sciences to understand and solve information problems in healthcare. It is the study of how health data is collected, stored and communicated; how that data is processed into health information suitable for clinical decision making; and how information technology can be applied to support those processes.
    Why Clinical Informatics?

    Health care and biomedicine have both benefited and suffered from information overload. Information processing is central to clinical work. Clinicians gather general knowledge about the world and collect specific information about their patients. They then apply the general knowledge to the specific patient in order to make clinical decisions. Finally, they implement these decisions. Better information, therefore, will lead to better care. In general, clinical informatics is concerned with helping clinicians of all types leverage information to improve care.

    Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds with a variety of skills. Each student, along with a faculty admissions committee, determines the student's curriculum from a matrix of courses. Scientists and practitioners across UTHSC-Houston, the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and beyond provide a real world laboratory for honing reasoning, knowledge and research skills. The program has received strong support from UT-Houston and other TMC institutions.

    the coordinator of the masters program has a DSN, meaning its a Doctorate of Science in Nursing? or does it mean something else



    i just want to know if coming from a Nursing background i would fit in easily because i love IT, and if anyone is in the houston area please chime in, i would greatly appreciate it!

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