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    Sanford Brown Nursing Graduates?

    Someone I care about shared with me that they are contemplating the Associate in Nursing (AAS) program at SBI Campus - an affiliate of Sanford-Brown and that immediately raised a red flag in my head. Link: http://www.sbmelville.edu/Areas-of-Study/Health/Associate-of-Applied-Science-in-Nursing The person has tried unsuccessfully to get into a CUNY (City University of NY) or SUNY (State University of NY) school nursing program. So, that is out of the picture. Also, the person cannot afford colleges that charge an arm and a leg for tuition since it is impossible on the income of a part time employee at a retail store. This is what I've heard/read about graduates from such institutions: - Credits won't transfer if you don't complete the program - Program not accredited - No financial aid - Poor passing rates - Poor employment rates - Can still take the NCLEX-RN since it is approved by the OP-NYS-ED Are there any successful graduates from Sanford Brown Melville who can share about the success they've had after their AAS Nursing degree?
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    Why become an RN to do computer work?

    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?
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    Interview of a nurse informaticist

    1.) Use of patient care technologies to deliver and enhance care Electronic Health Records (EHRs), devices (blood glucose monitors, vital signs monitors, EKG monitors, etc.) that interface with electronic health records, technology that allows minimally invasive, more efficient surgeries - all these are examples of patient care technology, and there are many more - basically, technology that makes it possible for the caregivers on the front-lines to provide high quality, safe, resource-efficient, and time-efficient care. The portion of the EHR that is utilized for patients in the Surgery and Emergency Departments enhance efficiency by way of tracking patients in various stages or locations of care (tracking boards). Some places track equipment like IV pumps and poles and other monitoring and care devices and equipment as well using a similar concept. This minimizes pilferage, wastage, and overstocking on inventory. The EHR makes it possible for multiple care providers to access the health record simultaneously, and gain access to as well as to input information that is vital for patient safety (like histories, assessments, allergies, progress) as well as to document care provided. 2.) Communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care Authenticated connectivity enables off-site providers to gain access to hospital EHRs remotely. Within the record, caregivers have access to view each others' documentation. Patients can access their results and such via channels commonly referred to as 'patient portals.' At transition of care from the hospital to the community, the patient's record can be transmitted to their primary physician or other physicians of the patient's choosing in the community. All various examples of communication technology that helps to plug the holes in communication among caregivers as well as between caregivers and patients. 3.) Data Management to analyze and improve outcomes of care This brings to mind reports formulated, written, and monitored for various core measures sets and other such areas of care, where analyzing the existing state of affairs helps teams formulate evidence-based plans and set goals to improve care outcomes, and gather data to demonstrate the measurable difference between the before and after states. Also useful in meeting regulatory reporting and requirements. 4.) Health Information Management for Evidence-based care & health education Closely related to the data analysis discussed in point 3 above. The quality and extent of the 'evidence' measured and/gathered can vary from a single institution to a health system to a county or state or region or nation and so on. Once best practices are established based on evidence that is deemed adequate, they can be pivotal in helping to drive improvements in patient care as well as serve as the foundation upon which health care education should be based. 5.) Facilitation and use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to improve patient care Like I mentioned earlier, the value of the EHR lies in its ability to provide better, safer, high-quality care using the least time and resources (money, equipment, supplies, personnel) in a manner that would have been impossible with the paper and pen processes. The vision for the future is a highly interoperable (where data can be seamlessly transferred between different systems) health information exchange or network with the goal of enhancing timely access to potentially life-saving health information as well as curbing the highly rampant wastage of resources resulting from fraud as well as duplication of care and services.
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    Interview of a nurse informaticist

    1.) Use of patient care technologies to deliver and enhance care Patient Care Technology and Safety Health Information Technology (HIT) Source:http://www.hhs.gov/asl/testify/2013/07/t20130717c.html 2.) Communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care Enabling Care through Technology 3.) Data Management to analyze and improve outcomes of care Data Management to Improve Outcomes and Cut Costs Building a Foundation of Electronic Data to Measure and Drive Improvement 4.) Health Information Management for Evidence-based care & health education The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing - AACN - see pages 17, 18, 19 Learning Health Care System 5.) Facilitation and use of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to improve patient care Using Electronic Health Records and Other Health IT Tools to Measure and Improve Quality of Care
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    Are you a new informatics nurse?

    Great approach. It's ultimately about getting opportunities, but I think 3-5 years of bedside experience is good to have anyway - it's what sets you apart from the non-nurse informatics practitioners - it shapes the way you see and think and analyze things - it's what makes you a 'nurse.'
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    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?

    Thank you llg - I understand your point better now :) I am not sure if it is considered appropriate, but I'd like to ask you - can I read your dissertation? I may not be able to read it right away - but I'd consider myself privileged to be able to take a look at it. Let me know :)
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    MSN vs Masters in Health Informatics

    Here's an Informatics Nurse's perspective: Healthcare Informatics vs. Nursing Informatics
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    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?

    Thank you for the response, llg! Perspectives are indeed 'ways of seeing,' and are influenced by background and experience. Won't all nurses with some clinical experience come from a nursing perspective then? Have you seen some informatics nurses move on to use some other framework, and then refuse to use a nursing perspective altogether?
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    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?

    That's interesting, llg - I never thought of it that way! Whether Nursing Informatics is Nursing or not depends on the approach each Informatics Nurse has towards her/his job - is that the gist of your doctoral dissertation thesis statement?
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    Informatics Capstone Ideas for Excelsior College

    All the attention can lead to superb job prospects in future. Wish you all the best, NNYNurse50!
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    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?

    Regardless of the angle used to argue these points, it is the truth BCRNA, and I can attest to it!
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    Starting my classes in nursing informatics next week.

    Hey asha2003, You should share the story of your journey from the time you wanted to be an informatics nurse to the time you got your degree to where you are now - I am sure it will be interesting for everyone who is just looking to start out :)
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    Is 'Nursing Informatics' really a 'Nursing' specialty?

    Ha ha... we'll have a discussion on our hands if someone in your target population takes the bait :)
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    Non-traditional/Non-conventional Nursing Roles

    Like 100% remote positions?
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    Curious RN Student

    Hi JerseyGirl2010, The reason why there are no responses yet is probably because there have been similar questions asked in the past that you can find by doing a variety of searches on this site - definitely try that. Is it necessary to obtain a separate degree? Not necessarily - although, there are 'Nursing Informatics' degrees. Read these threads: MSN vs Masters in Health Informatics Does working in an informatics position make you an informatics nurse? What are job opportunities like? Depends. You can work directly with clinicians at the bedside, work as a liaison between clinicians and programmers, work with programmers in design and development, work in management roles governing departments or institutions, work with or lead a vendor's sales and/or marketing team, work with and/or lead a training company's training team or an implementation company's implementation team or a go-live support company's at-the-elbow-support team, work as a consultant either independently or via a company, and so much more! All that matters is managing to get an opportunity to get into the role of your desire. Just curious about Nursing Informatics Some great links with useful information are: [PDF]Nursing Informatics 101 - HIMSS [PDF]Nursing Informatics - Continuing Nursing Education - The University of Texas at Arlington [PDF]Overview Informatics Competencies for Every Practicing Nurse: Recommendations from the TIGER Collaborative [PDF]Position Paper: Nursing Informatics Executive - American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)
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    Informatics Capstone Ideas for Excelsior College

    I think they will accept this person. Although the preceptor qualifications are not extremely clear on this, all they want is a Master's prepared professional with at least two years of informatics experience. If the project is relevant to 'nursing' informatics, it is just an added bonus! Yes - please ask! If you do not get a reponse to your message/email, by all means call! Unfortunately, you need to get this all sorted out in good time and you cannot be worried about irritating them. Yes - and please let us know what you hear!