Sunday, February 22, 2009


Right now, I'm contemplating several online master's degree programs, particularly an informatics degree. It can be a chore, since there are lots and lots of programs out there right now, called health care informatics, nursing informatics and medical informatics.

If you're a nurse and want to be board certified in informatics by the ANCC, you need the following:
  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country
  • Have practiced the equivalent of two years full time as a registered nurse
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing or a baccalaureate degree in a relevant field
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in informatics within the last three years and meet one of the following practice requirements:
  • Have a practiced minimum of 2,000 hours in informatics nursing within the last three years
  • Have practiced a minimum of 1,000 hours in informatics nursing in the last three years and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of academic credit in informatics courses which are a part of a graduate level informatics nursing program
  • Have completed a graduate program in nursing informatics containing a minimum of 200 hours of faculty supervised practicum in informatics
For more information on education in nursing informatics, check out ANIA's Education page (American Nursing Informatics Association).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just what is The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

The technical terms are here on the House of Representatives site. GeekDoctor has his own post on this legislation at his blog.

If you're really into EHR (electronic health record) and exactly what it is and what's out there, don't miss The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of your Health Records.

And in the etc. category, Nursing Central recently updated Taber's on it's Palm platform. This nurse is thoroughly enjoying it, even if I don't have wifi access on my device at work.