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I am highly considering getting my masters in nursing informatics after I obtain my BSN. What is the starting salary for an informatics nurse? What is the highest they can get paid?... Read More

  1. by   ichibanjohn
    I am currently a new grad BSN with 5 years experience as a sysadmin/analyst and 4 years webdesign including Java and C programming. I don't know much about the job description of someone with a masters in NI. Does my previous experience relate? What is taught in those programs for NI degrees?
  2. by   SuesquatchRN
    john, you have wht you need for the technical side. However, you will need clinical experience before you will be hired as an informatics nurse.

    There is little programming involved, and what you will be doing really depends a lot of where you are working. I'm in a tiny critical access hospital which is remarkably advanced for its size and I spend a lot of my time troubleshooting our ehr (electronic health record) system, correcting user deficiencies , schmoozing the DON into doing what should be done, these past few weeks we rolled out a new module and I split shifts to be there to provide support for the clinical staff, I got the midlevels (you get an MD here for a stroke) using the EHR to which they've had access for ages, I am working on a way to get automatic order entry implemented over the passive-aggressive objections of the nurses who refuse to see that this will improve patient care, I unjam printers, see why the system (AS/400) is hanging - any number of things. I write specs and training plans, manage the policies and procedures (which were a disaster until I wrested into a database) - it will really depend on the place.

    Good luck. Get a year of med/surg or other clinical experience under your belt and then think about this.

  3. by   rninformatics
    Greetings john,

    The job description of "someone with a masters in NI" or someone without a Masters who practices in this specialty varies from role to role. Just as the job descriptions for those who practice in pure IT varies.
    Do a search on Career Builder.com, Monster, Indeed.com, HIMSS' Job Line, ANIA's or AMIA's job sections to see exambles of job descriptions.
    FYI, you do not need a Masters to practice in this specialty.
    Also don't limit your self to "nursing" informatics - think broader - healthcare informatics.
    NI or HI either way you will need clinical practice experience and knowledge of how medicine and nursing are practiced. In order to utilize technology to improve nursing practice and patient care you need to understand both.

    To be "good" at an NI role you also need expertise in process redesign, change management and communication skills..........to name just a few of the skill sets. It is easier to teach a nurse IS/IT than it is to teach a techie nursing/healthcare.
    NI degree programs focus on the core concepts of data, information, knowledge and wisdom. Additional content (depending on the specific degree program) may include: system life cycle, standards, privacy, security, ethics, data base design principles, decision support, etc. Most programs have their course content on-line and accesible via their websites. If you want to design systems for a vendor yes your programming experience would definately be an assett.
    If you want to assist a facility in implementing systems yes your ability to understand from a programmers/webdesigner point of view will relate. I think it will depend on exactly what it is in HIT or NI that you want to do.

    Quote from ichibanjohn
    I am currently a new grad BSN with 5 years experience as a sysadmin/analyst and 4 years webdesign including Java and C programming. I don't know much about the job description of someone with a masters in NI. Does my previous experience relate? What is taught in those programs for NI degrees?
    Last edit by rninformatics on Nov 14, '08 : Reason: cause
  4. by   LaLa229
    I have my BSN, but not my Masters. I make a little over $79,000 a year with a few years experience.
  5. by   rninformatics
    Greetings LaLa thanks for posting!

    If you don't mind me asking? What area of the country are you located in and what is your title/role? Please post this info as it may help others when they are negotiating salaries or to get some idea related to geographical location, salaries and roles.


    Quote from LaLa229
    I have my BSN, but not my Masters. I make a little over $79,000 a year with a few years experience.
  6. by   LaLa229
    Hi rninformatics! I'm in Maryland. I'm a Clinical Systems Analyst at a community hospital.
  7. by   SuesquatchRN
    Hi, LaLa!
  8. by   Brownms46
    Quote from rninformatics
    As I have written in previous post asking a similiar question:
    "Nursing Informatics' salaries vary depending on the job title/responsibilities, geographic location, whether or not the position is with a vendor, private hospital, years of previous experience, etc. There are multiple variables."

    I'd suggest you check out the results of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics 2007 Survey. It also compares the salary results from the 2004 Survey.
    A Masters degree (especially without any informatics experience) will not guarantee a higher salary.

    Good Luck!

    Could not agree with you more! There is no Ceiling for pay in IT!!!
  9. by   vlntrnurs
    Quote from thetravelingparty
    Hi, I am an RN and looking to get my bachelor's in informatics. are there any schools out there. I have an associate's degree now. any info appreciated.

    thanks sherry
    Hi thetravelingparty

    Western Governors University offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics:

    http://www.wgu.edu/online_it_degrees...ics_degree.asp

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