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  1. 0 Hi everybody.
    Looks like it was discussed a lot before but I still can't understand: Is it possible to use my previous computer bacground in nursing???? I have Master's in Computer science and math. Currently I am being prepared for NCLEX-PN (I graduated from LPN school this year), but anybody who ever worked with computer will understand me -- this is addiction. So please give me an advice : are there any ways to mix nursing and computer programming experience.
    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Visit  jascraft} profile page

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  4. Visit  rninformatics} profile page
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    In answer to your question: "YES"


    Quote from jascraft
    Hi everybody.
    Looks like it was discussed a lot before but I still can't understand: Is it possible to use my previous computer bacground in nursing???? I have Master's in Computer science and math. Currently I am being prepared for NCLEX-PN (I graduated from LPN school this year), but anybody who ever worked with computer will understand me -- this is addiction. So please give me an advice : are there any ways to mix nursing and computer programming experience.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edit by rninformatics on Dec 21, '04 : Reason: cause
  5. Visit  purplemania} profile page
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    positively. Our clinical applications nurse serves as liaison between IT and clinical practice. Her expertise is important in building programs, networking and training. Companies selling programs for PDA's need nurses to develop new software (or sell what they have!). If you can help save a facility money on what type hardware and software purchases they make, you would be more than worth your salary (or consultant fee).
  6. Visit  jascraft} profile page
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    But How and what am I suppouse to do?
  7. Visit  Mariah} profile page
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    What's your first priority? To be a nurse or to be a computer programmer? There are jobs that mix both in nursing and technical positions.
  8. Visit  jascraft} profile page
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    Iwould love to do both, but don't know how do do it :-) Where to start and whom to talk
  9. Visit  hypnotic_nurse} profile page
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    Contact information services at any of your local hospitals.
  10. Visit  ksmith1963} profile page
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    First pass the NCLEX -PN exam. It would be good to get some clinical experience under your "belt" before you move into the world of informatics. Look at the vendors job postings - you'll get an idea of the kinds of job experience they are looking for. Join a nursing informatics group and HIMSS or AMIA - either are great professional organizations with a broad range of health care and informatics professionals. Start reading informatics magazines - many are online nowdays - so affordable. Subscribe to CIN.

    I just saw a news item that Perot Systems has a 6 year, multi-million $ contract to provide integration services to the National Health Services in London. Maybe you'll find an opportunity there.

    Talk to the IS Department at your facility. Volunteer for a project - like being a super user.

    Good luck
    Kathleen
  11. Visit  jascraft} profile page
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    Thanks guys for your information.
    And really painfull question - what is about demand for the specialists in this area?
  12. Visit  Mariah} profile page
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    Jascraft - what made you decide to get the LPN in the first place? What type of computer background do you have? Do you have any programming experience. People in the healthcare informatics area come from two directions. They are either clinicians with a speciality in informatics or they are technical people who happen to be clinicians. Almost all of the people in nursing informatics are nurses with a speciality (experience and/or education) in nursing informatics. Very few have technical degrees, but many of they have BSN (RN) or higher. This is understandable because they come into this field as clinicians that have assimulated informatics knowledge. The main focus is they are clinicians. Kathleen is right in saying that you need nursing experience to take on their roles. Informatic nurses work for hospitals to implement vendor systems in their organization, working, some, as analysts. Those working for vendors are often in marketing, learning products, or support. Check out the web page from www.amia.org in the nursing informatics group for job descriptions and informatics links. But if you are more interested in the technical, then you are coming from the other direction and you could get a technical job working in the hospital IT department or for a vendor. It would depend on your technical experience. Check out www.himss.org and their job bank for the type of positions where the technical takes on a greater focus. There is a lot of information out there, and definitely you can combine the two. Good Luck
  13. Visit  jascraft} profile page
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    Thanks a lot for this information.
    Talking about LPN - I have had some experience in caregiving after my ariving to this contry so I new what to expect and I liked that. After computer programming crashed I decided to change an occupation. Talking about my computer experience Mainly I am Oracle/SQL server developer. PLus some experience in web/graphic design. I've been a long time with computers and have classic computer education (Master's in computer science and applyed mathematics).
  14. Visit  Mariah} profile page
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    The health care informatics field depends heavily on databases such as SQL server and oracle. I guess the main question is whether you want to focus on the nursing or focus on the computer science. Informatic nurses that work in hospitals and for vendors usually don't do programming, but they do use their health care knowledge, their communication skills,and their project management skills to bring information systems to a reality. Clinical practice is a must before you do this. If you want to be more technical such as a DBA, programmer, or write stored procedures/funcions, then clinical experience is less important. Like others suggest, check out the web pages, try to attend a few organizational meetings, check our the local hospital web pages for jobs in the IT departments. Learn what you can and decide what direction makes best sense for you. Finish your LPN in the meantime and get some nursing experience.
  15. Visit  TechieNurse} profile page
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    jascraft ~

    speaking as a nurse who learned 'the technical stuff', aside from getting some clinical experience, most of the nurses i know that have successfully combined the two fields have another, very important resource: networks (no, not computer networks!).

    they have friends and acquaintances that work in and around the field. these nurses have put out the call that they're qualified and interested in an informatics position.

    my best advice: go to meetings, join listservs, attend classes, meet people!

    good luck!


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