Are you a nurse? Of course you are; otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this.
Do you use computers in your work? Of course you do; we all do, especially for the electronic medical record.
Do you design build, implement, train or support users of those systems? Aha, maybe not; this is a nursing specialty still in its infancy. If you do do this, you’re a nursing informaticist. You’re one of us.
Why? Many benefits, especially professional networking. But what does that mean?
- Looking for a job or a gig? It’s who you know.
- Solving hard problems? Discuss project strategies with others tackling similar issues.
- Share experience and wisdom.
- Keep on top of the hot issues of the day.
- See what others are working on; you may soon work on those things, too.
- Hobnob with the movers and shakers in our industry.
- Attend conferences and see the cutting edge.
Another benefit is free/cheap CEUs (continuing education units):
- In California, to maintain our RN licenses, we are required to get at least 30 hours every two years.
- Attendance at conferences, workshops, and webinars often yield CEUs and are offered by ANIA and BANIA.
Go informatics nurses!