Check out http://amia-niwg.org/categories_of_programs.htm
for more information on MSNIS degrees. Whether to get a technical or nursing degree depends on what side of the fence you want to live on. On the nursing side, you work as a nurse helping hospitals select, install, train, project managed for information systems. For vendors, you develop training materials, do training, provide clinical expertise where needed, do installation, sales, and do system support. On the technical side, you work as a engineer/programmer in IT/R&D designing, programming, developing, installing information systems, for a hospital or vendor. Nursing salaries are significantly lower than technical salaries. If you want to stay closer to nursing, get the nursing degree. If you want to stay more technical, get the technical degree. Pick carefully, as it has a major impact on what you can/cannot do. I'm a nurse with a computer science degree doing R&D healthcare system development for a well-known vendor.