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Short and Sweet Bio:

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN, also known as The Nerdy Nurse, is a community manager for Next Wave Connect.  Her nursing speciality is Clinical Informatics. In her day job she gets to do what she loves every day: Combine technology and healthcare to improve patient care. She can best be described as a patient, nurse and technology advocate, and has a passion for using technology to innovate, improve and simplify lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Brittney is the author of The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology and she blogs about nursing, technology, healthcare, parenting, fun things to do in Atlanta, Georgia and various lifestyle topics at thenerdynurse.com. You can also connect with her on twitter @TheNerdyNurse or facebook The Nerdy Nurse.

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You can email me directly at Brittney@thenerdynurse.com

The Epic Sage Bio:

Greetings Blogosphere!

You find yourself wanting to know more about The Nerdy Nurse, huh? Well in a nutshell, I call myself a “Patient, Nurse, and Technology Advocate.” Those are the things I am most eager in protecting, promoting, and blogging about. But don’t be surprised if you find me ranting or raving about other topics. There was a time in the not-t0o-distant past that this blog was described as “the rants and raves of a mother, wife, and nerdy nurse.” I find myself to have far more raves than rants these days. I also feel I must warn you that the contents of this blog will likely be filled with references to my incredible son and husband. I’ve got a fantastic family, and every now and then I just gotta tell people about them.

I am a registered nurse who made the transition from beside care to working as a nurse informaticist. Actually, if you want my official title I am a “Clinical Informatics Specialist” at a ever-expanding not-for-profit hospital in Georgia. (That sounds all fancy don’t it? On my first day someone asked me if “informatics” was a typo on my name badge! Guess that’s what happens when you do one of those weird new jobs.) I worked for years as a staff nurse, on the night-shift, on medical surgical floor at a for-profit corporate hospital. The opinions I have about healthcare, technology, and nursing have been shaped by these experiences.

Working nights was never something I imagined nor intended, but enduring the harsh reality of Nurses that Eat Their Young caused me much suffering early in my career.I also developed several opinions about “for-profits” healthcare organizations and the need for transparency in healthcare providers and organizations. I learned a lot in my experience as a bedside nurse. I continue to learn in my role as a informaticists.

I make a point to advocate for nurses and encourage others to advocate for themselves and the promotion of our profession. I am a devoted wife and mother to a beautiful, joyful, often exhausting, toddler. Every decision I make and every step I take revolves around my family. I am fortunate enough to have a husband that is a full time SAHD (Stay at home day). I am a self proclaimed nerd, and love every minute of it.

  • I personally manage and maintain: TheNerdyNurse.com. This is not a corporate blog. This is me. A real person, with a real life, real job, who just happens to enjoy sharing things with the entire world.
  • I am active on twitter : @TheNerdyNurse
  • I am an expert on social media and technology for nurses
  • I am a professional speaker and would love to speak at your event
  • I have worked with Scrubs Magazine 
  • I have contributed exclusive articles to Nursing Link (part of Monster.com)
  • I have worked with Johnson & Johnson on the Campaign for Nursing’s Future
  • I am available for freelance writing. email me

Public Relations, Product Reviews, and anything else that PR could stand for:

Except for in relation to route – nurses, you know what I mean..,

If you would like me to review your product on my blog please feel free to contact me. I can offer the unique perspective of a head of household, full time working mother, devoted wife, and passionate Registered Nurse. My husband is a stay at home dad who takes care of our beautiful son, so if you require a man’s perspective, I can get that for you as well.

Please note: On this blog many of the links are affiliate links. Some of the posts are sponsored.

If you are interested in having your product or service featured, please feel free to contact me directly.

You can email me directly at Brittney@thenerdynurse.com
You may contact me via twitter twitter.com/thenerdynurse
Consider liking The Nerdy Nurse on Facebook, all the cool kids are doing it.
Are you on Google Plus? It’s like the new facebook, twitter, social networking thing. It’s so hip, I’m not sure how I even know about it.

On this blog you will find a variety of information. I write about topics ranging from family, being a nurse, being a nerd, and enjoying a good conspiracy. I’m open-minded, yet often bull-headed. I enjoy a good debate and often use this blog as a soapbox to voice my opinion on topics that may be considered controversial. While I encourage reader interaction, if the subject matter offends you, please do not feel obligated to continue to read my blog.

As a healthcare blogger, I conform to standards. I am legally, ethically, and morally bound to abide by HIPAA privacy laws for safety and security of my patients and my livelihood. I also abide by any and all social media policies associated with the signers of my paycheck. If you feel you know me and I am writing about you, I am not. While I maintain honesty and integrity to the best of my ability in my blog, certain details are often omitted or changed to make subjects completely unidentifiable. The situations, events, and/or diagnoses, patients, nurses, and whoever else I mention here are a mishmash of collective memories and not of any specific incidents. This is done out of respect for my friends, my patients, my employer and well, because its the law!

nursebrittneymark About  I love tech and gadgets and am constantly blown away by the advances we make everyday!  I’m a HUGE fan of social media and the internet and would be very sad without all it’s mind-numbing goodness. So Al Gore, or whoever actually invented the internet, thank you for that.

I’m young in the flesh, but often old in the soul, and although I can appreciate a slower pace to life at times, I’m constantly involved in 101 projects and may be doing or thinking of 10 different things at any one point and time. My husband claims is impossible, but then again, 100 years ago who would have thought of a crazy thing like a cell phone, or the internet, or the iPad? — People who do things that others claim are impossible. I am not saying I’m going to do something that changes the world, but I am saying that if you want to make a difference in this life, you have to make the effort.

The opinions on this blog are completely my own. Often these opinions come in the heat of the moment. If you by some chance know me in real life and happen to stumble upon this blog, please be mindful that I maintain the honesty here that I maintain in my real life. The difference here is that there is no filter and I assume everyone wants to hear anything and everything I have to say. Please be mindful of my family’s privacy, and be respectful. I have a strong desire to maintain my integrity and a strong character is all aspects of life. In fact, integrity is required in my profession of choice. You may think I am a jerk on occasion, but at least I am an honest jerk… and most can’t claim that title.

Thank you for taking to time to visit my blog and taking the time to click through to find out more about The Nerdy Nurse. I hope you find something among the pages and ramblings that enlightens your life or perhaps at least elicits a giggle or two. If not, well, what can I say? You can’t please everyone, and for that matter, I seem to have trouble pleasing anyone. Enjoy or don’t. Your choice. It is so nice to be blessed with freewill and the relative freedom to utilize it.

Sincerely yours,

The Nerdy Nurse

Hey wait, What is your real Name? Why isn’t there a real picture of you on here?
brittneyshot2 219x300 About  If you’ve gotten all the way to the end of this, and you find yourself asking these questions, well then, honestly I am beyond flattered. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and wanting to learn more about me.
I started this blog with the intent to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from my coworkers, possibly my workplace, and any number of negative actions that can occur when you speak publicly about an issue. I purposely omitted my name so it wouldn’t be crawled for Google searches.
However, as I continue to write and grow as a nurse, I have determined that the things I have to say can do far more good than harm. I have freedom of speech, I respect privacy laws, and I write with honesty and integrity. Because of this, I am proud of what I have created here and have decided that embracing my online image will do far more good than harm in the long run.
So, hello! My name is Brittney Wilson, I’m a registered nurse and a certified nerd. I blog about healthcare, nursing, technology, parenting, social media, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I excited that you are joining me on this nerdy little ride.

Comments

  1. says

    marialaughs Great questions. After you graduate form nursing school you will need to have a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience to make the leap into informatics. You can get a masters degree nursing informatics, if you are interested, but it’s not required. Try to get as much experience as you can with technology (building websites, and similar activities can help with this), learn as much as you can about informatics, look into certification programs, and then start applying for informatics jobs. I’d be happy to answer questions on any specifics you have.

  2. marialaughs says

    Hi Brittney!
    First off, I’ve been a fan for a while and love following you on facebook.
    I don’t want to bore you with my life story but just want to say that I was at one point stuck trying to choose between a degree in nursing and a degree in technology (electrical engineering was one of my options) never knowing that technology and nursing can be combined.  I chose nursing, but my journey to get my nursing license has left me feeling like I’m missing out because I didn’t choose a field in technology.  
    Now that I’ve discovered that the two can be combined I have been searching high and low for one answer…how do I become a clinical informatics specialist?!
    So, can you help me?  How do I enter this intriguing field?  Where do I begin after I graduate from nursing school?

  3. Kelly says

    Nerdy nurse as a name for your blog is so funny:) There is a store for scrubs 5 minutes from the hospital here and they they do screening on scrubs for units etc… they should add nerdy nurse:) see for yourself… cute
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    how did you come up with that name? Love it…

    Kelly

  4. says

    I’m glad I came across your blog! I’m a nerdy nurse myself! I live in the research/tech fields and will be checking on your blog frequently.

  5. says

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the very inspiring blog award. Please check out my site for the nomination. Thank you for your informational and inspiring posts!

  6. says

    Love, love, love your site! I can’t wait to search every part of it and it gives me inspiration to keep my blog going. I feel awful ‘nerdy’ as a nurse blogging but now I have new found hope! Thank you!

  7. Jorge Arenivar says

    How is your HITECH training coming along? I am about to finish my BSN and I am looking to go into informatics. Would you recommend the HITECH route such as the one you enrolled in for nurses to get into informatics or HITECH. What about the graduate level certificate programs for clinical leader? I would appreciate any insight you would be willing to offer. THANKS!

    • says

      The HITECH certification program will actually give you good experience with EMR systems and practice with what you’ll be doing and they are only 6 months. I will say that it is harder than what I thought it would be and does take quite a bit of time. It’s also free wheres graduate programs are thousands of dollars. I would suggest doing the HITECH program 1st, because they also offer job placement assistance.

      But the biggest thing with nursing informatics to know is that you may have to move to get a job. So keep that in mind.

  8. says

    Great article on the need for patient care centric EMR’s versus the cold and data centric applications. There is no reason an EMR can’t collect all the necessary data as the nurse documents their care, while still being easy to use for the clinicians giving that care. Ease of use allows ‘em to spend more time giving patient care and lesss time trying to figure out “how” to document what they have done. I’m an ER nurse of many years, now working for MEDHOST (an ER nursing and physician documentation application) and have used a number of others. This is by far the easiest to use, pretty cool from a “nerdy nurse” perspective, and yet still gets the data. Keep up the good work!

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