Informatics nurses are RNs who deliver high-quality patient care through efficient management of data and technical systems.
Where do informatics nurses work?
Hospitals are the most common workplace for nursing informaticists. They can also work in business or academia.
What does a typical day look like for an informatics nurse?
They select and prepare new technology, train the nursing staff on how to use new technology or equipment, and track the success of quality initiatives.
How do you become an informatics nurse?
Individuals must obtain training through an associate degree nursing program which gives them the knowledge needed to take and pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) and become licensed as a registered nurse (RN). RNs must achieve their bachelor's degree in order to continue on for their master's level education in nursing. Most people obtain a graduate level degree, however some bachelor of science in nursing degrees do offer nursing informatics tracks.
It is highly recommended that nurses who hope to be informatics specialists obtain additional training and certification. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) offers an Informatics Nursing Certification (RN-BC) which is the most commonly held credential in the area of practice. HIMSS also offers two certifications, (CAHIMS) and (CPHIMS).
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