AURORA, Colo. (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
Health informatics is the new frontier of health care and one of the fast-growing fields today. According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), approximately 70,000 health informatics specialists are needed as employers look for specific, hard-to-find skills to fill key positions at the intersection of health care and IT. Nurses with a nursing informatics specialization will be in high demand to manage health information systems critical to the mission of health care delivery.
American Sentinel University helps prepare nurses for a variety of careers in nursing informatics with an online Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics specialization degree program that emphasizes understanding the infrastructure necessary to improve practice while safeguarding the security and privacy of data.
Nursing informatics facilitates the integration of data, knowledge and wisdom to support patients, nurses and other providers in their decision-making in all roles and health care settings. This support is accomplished through the use of information structures, information processes and information technology.
American Sentinel’s informatics graduates are prepared to assume critical roles managing health information systems in hospitals and other health care providers, public health organizations, research labs, medical software companies, insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies and educational institutions.
“While opportunities in nursing informatics are plentiful,” says Suzanne Richins, MBA health care nursing faculty at American Sentinel University, she notes that, “nursing informatics is not an entry-level career.”
Richins points out that RNs who find work in this specialty typically have several years of experience and professional education in both information systems and nursing.
“One year of course work with a good set of fundamentals in computer science, programming and multiple applications will provide the groundwork needed in a nursing informatics role,” says Richins.
For RNs looking to specialize, health care informatics is a career that puts them ahead of the curve for growth because their nursing background brings important strengths to this field.
“Nurses are perfectly suited for the field of health care informatics because they have the advantage of being the most frequent users of the electronic health record as well as knowledge about the workflow of a facility, but more importantly they possess the people skills needed because they are able to listen, critically interpret what they hear and translate it into action,” says Richins.
She notes that nurses interested in advanced nursing positions are generally required to have a master’s degree in informatics and informatics nurses must have strong verbal and communications skills, analytical skills, as well as clinical knowledge and technical proficiency.
After a few years of informatics work, Richins says that the next logical step is to take the Informatics Nurses Board Certification Exam offered by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the RN-BC credential to help improve a nurse’s employment and salary potential.
The job market for a health care informatics specialist is especially bright. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 49 percent job growth in health information and health informatics and health care informatics was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top careers in the U.S.
Learn More About Exciting Nursing Informatics Opportunities
American Sentinel University sponsored a virtual chat Q&A discussing job opportunities in the field of nursing informatics. To learn more about the opportunities for nurses in the field of health care informatics, visit http://www.americansentinel.edu/blog/2012/05/23/chat-transcript-nursing-informatics-where-are-the-opportunities/.
For more information or to register for American Sentinel University’s CCNE-accredited Master’s of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics program, visit http://www.americansentinel.edu/health-care/m-s-nursing/m-s-nursing-nursing-informatics.
About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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