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Innovations in Nursing Informatics: Increasing the Nursing Informatics Workforce

Published April 4, 2012 12:42 PM by Angela Lewis
This is an installment of a series of posts on Innovations in Nursing Informatics. Be sure to read the previous posts, "Wired in Rural Washington" and "Change Management."

Although California is famous for its agriculture (oranges, grapes, roses), in the city of Irvine, at the University of California, they soon may be famous for growing informatics nurses.

In November 2011, UC Irvine Healthcare introduced an innovative program to recruit nurses into the field of nursing informatics. Through the combined sponsorship of the chief nursing officer, Karen Grimley, and the chief information officer, Jim Murry, 13 new nurse informaticists have successfully completed the first program, reports Charles Boicey, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, information solutions architect, information services, UC Irvine Health.

It's not uncommon for those who make the transition from clinical nursing to nursing informatics to struggle with the "brave new world" of information technology. Many who have made such a transition report that the industry and this specialty are "a different world" with a language and set of protocols vastly different from what they had previously experienced in clinical nursing practice.

The program at UC Irvine Healthcare provided 60 days of formal classroom education, industry specific on-the-job training and several months of mentoring to experienced nurses, who prior to this had no previous information technology experience. The first candidates accepted into the program included RNs with clinical practice backgrounds in ICU, pediatrics, medical-surgical, oncology, orthopedics, transplant, NICU, obstetrics, quality, case management and research. Content for the program's classroom training was modified from the Health IT Workforce Curriculum Components and covered such topics as: role transition, HIPAA, meaningful use, order sets, training on the vendor system, system configuration, Visio for workflow, ergonomics and clinical documentation.

Prior to this program's inception there were few established blueprints for successfully orientating and training newly hired informatics nurses which has resulted in many clinicians' inability to successfully make the transition.

A collaboration between nursing and IT utilizing a modified version of Health IT Workforce Curriculum to create a successful nursing informatics training program to "grow" the nursing informatics workforce and make the transition less painful is an example of an "innovation in nursing informatics."

posted by Angela Lewis

7 comments

Already taking post-graduate studies in health informatics;  however lacks hands-on experience.  Thus, looking for a volunteer opportunity.

Thank you all.

janet G, ICU - RN/super-user December 11, 2012 11:37 PM
coronw CA

More information on nursing Informatics training, dates, locations and requirements to join.

Elaine, PACU/ICU - RN August 5, 2012 6:45 PM
Ft Lauderdal FL

I am interested in expanding my educational background by learning more about Nursing Informatics as a speciality.   Currently,  I work part-time as a CTOR nurse.  During the academic year, I take on the role as a faculty member at a local nursing college.

Nursing Informatics has capture my interest,  however I am looking for some guidance as to how to pursue this specialty.  I welcome any suggestions.

Look forward to any input/direction

Jackie Doughty June 25, 2012 1:54 PM
Philadelphia PA

I’ve found a great product to help with medication management  that I’d like to pass on.  This is an all-inclusive system.  Not only does it organize and store, but it’s been proven to improve health outcomes by ensuring the appropriate use of medication and reducing the risks of avoidable side effects.  No more pill boxes or zip-lock bags for your pills.  Check it out at   www.mymedbox.net

Medication Management is one of the highest priorities and health initiatives this year.  Mayo Clinic, AHCA, and various clinical programs worldwide have set out to find a solution to the complex medication management weakness in the medical community.  MyMedBox is the solution to transportation, organization, and cognitive impairments hindering their effective use.

kay tarlet April 25, 2012 5:23 PM

I love technology in both a facility setting and in the home health setting, I would like to advance my knowledge base and hopeful advance my degree to include informatics.  Anyone with suggestions to make the advancement would be great.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse and I been involved to implementation in a hospital and most recently in my current job as a Clinical Manager in home health. Unfortunately all nurses realize the time saved utilizing the technology we have available.%0d%0aAny suggestions where to go to get certification?

Tamera Carter, Home health - RN, Superior Home Health and Staffing April 15, 2012 12:25 PM
Pittsbrgh PA

Certainly hats off to my mentor Charles Boicey!

Teresa Paguio-Palarca April 4, 2012 10:42 PM

Angela,

Thanks for highlighting this innovation.  On Days 1 and 2 UCI hosted a Nursing Informatics Boot Camp to introduce nurses to IT concepts.  For more information on the NI Boot Camp, please contact me at nursinginformatics@comcast.net

Susan, Nursing Informatics Boot Camp - Director April 4, 2012 8:23 PM
Franklin TN

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