Healthcare is a profession that has long been on the rise due to the demand for expert health professionals. Qualified nurses, in particular, are treasured by institutes and patients alike. However, despite the need for an expert opinion, healthcare has long since moved from being a manually operated profession alone. Just like every other profession, healthcare is also making way for the one thing that has eased a million tasks worldwide - technology! Technology has always been a part of … [Read more...] about What is Nursing Informatics?
When I discovered nursing informatics and healthcare informatics, it was like a dream come true. I was completing my BSN coursework, and I began researching options to further my education in nursing. I realized fairly quickly that I wasn't interested in most of the educational pathways that many of my nursing peers were following. Somewhere in the midst of that research, I stumbled onto "Nursing Informatics" and I knew it was for me. The stars aligned, the angels sang, and the fascinating world … [Read more...] about Becoming an Informatics Nurse: Going Beyond the Bedside
Well, if you’re an Amazon.com employee they will. Just a few short days ago, Amazon had an open letter to their customers discussing the Amazon Career Choice Program. It’s really uplifting to hear of a company that supports their employees by more than jus giving them a paycheck. There is more to a job than just getting a paycheck. In order to be truly happy at your work, you must be fulfilled. Amazon.com understands that not every employee who is on staff has the intention of staying there … [Read more...] about Amazon.com Will Pay for You to Go to Nursing School
If you are thinking about becoming a clinical informatics nurse (or one of the 100-or-so other names we go by) there are some abilities that will help you in your job. These are also excellent strengths to highlight during your interview. The ability to be proactive. With the even evolving regulations put in place by CMS and other organizations, it is important that nurses who make a career in healthcare IT make a point to be proactive. There is never going to be a time where we will not be … [Read more...] about 7 Tips to Be a Successful Clinical Informatics Nurse
Working as a clinical informatics specialist in a growing health system affords me plenty of opportunities to troubleshoot technical issues with many nurses and other clinical staff. One solution I have had the opportunity to use to remotely access computers to assit with troubleshooting problems is a product called Bomgar. With Bomgar remote support you can easily troubleshoot the technical issues that nurses, doctors, and other members of the healthcare team may be experiencing. If you’ve … [Read more...] about Bomgar: Compliant Remote Support for Health Information Technology [HIT]
Technology is constantly evolving and introducing us to something else that should completely blow our mind. We’ve almost become immune to the magic of our gadgets and gizmos. Yes, we’re still impressed by these innovations, but it takes something really impressive to evoke that glimmer of intrigue in many of our our eyes. The I’mWatch has evoked more than just a glimmer in mine. At first glance, this looks like nothing more than an iPod Nanon Watch. However, the i'mWatch is a revolutionart … [Read more...] about i’mWatch: A Smartwatch to Improve Healthcare?
My colleagues have been quite upset with the fact that I don’t plan on working PRN in bedside care. Some of them feel I wasting my nursing degree to move away from bedside care and into informatics. I will miss many things about bedside care nursing, but I know that I will be able to much better serve patients in my new role as a Clinical Informatics Specialist. The instant trust that a patient gives you just because you were assigned to them. The honesty and trust that I am afforded simply … [Read more...] about 10 Things I will Miss from Bedside Care Nursing: Reflections as I move to an Administrative Role
With the implementation of meaningful use in healthcare, and the requirement of EHR for physicians by 2015, there is expected to be creation of 50,000 new jobs in healthcare informatics. This is welcome news to a struggling economy, and very welcome news to nurses who wish to get their nerd on. After searching through various educational resources, linkedin, job listings, and other opportunities I stumbled upon HITECH and the various grants and opportunities that have been created. HITECH is … [Read more...] about Getting Into Nursing Informatics: HITECH EHR EMR Certification
Need to document your patient care? There's an App for that. Forgive the pun, but this will likely the norm for my App reviews and highlights. I just can't help myself. I Claim the Title Proudly I'm a nerd. There's no doubt about it. I get emotional and passionate about electronics. There are not many things much more nerdy than that. Technology thrills and excites me and even in the realm of healthcare I can honestly say I get giddy when I hear about a new innovation that will improve the … [Read more...] about Can an EMR be Beautiful? Artefact Thinks So
My BSN clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how hospitals function, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change within an organization with patient care as the bottom line has been so refreshing. I know that the grass is always greener, and it may just be because I am looking over the fence, but I am impressed with their transparency in … [Read more...] about How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
Being able to combine my passions is an exciting proposition that I have only recently been able to full realize the potential of. When I choose nursing as my profession I did not even dream of the possibility to take my interests in technology and combine it with my desire to be a healthcare provider. It just wasn’t something I even realized may be a possibility. However, through working in bedside care, pursuing further education, and wonderful experiences and contacts I have made through … [Read more...] about Nerdy Nursing Clinical Experience