-the certification examination for NI graduates currently available is through the American NursesCredentialing Center.
The American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) began administering an informatics nursecertification exam in November 1995. The exam topics cover areas of basic IT, information andknowledge management, system development, human factors and NI models, theories, andprofessional practice. The ANCC details the nursing candidate’s qualifications for the informatics nursecertification exam as:
a baccalaureate or higher
an active RN license, with at least 2 years of professional practice
practice of at least 2,000 hours of NI within the last 3 years
12 hours of graduate work and 1,000 hours of NI practice
Completion of a graduate program in NI that included at least 200 hours of clinical practicum
Completion of 30 continuing education contact hours in specialty area within the last 3 yearsfor those who haven’t completed a graduate informatics program. Those RNs, with a baccalaureate or higher degree in the field of nursing, who successfully pass thecertification exam are recognized as “board certified” with the initials “RN,BC.” For RNs withbaccalaureate or higher degree in a nonnursing field, their certification is recognized as “certified” withan “RN,C.”-a final requirement for a specialty in representation by at least one organization as NI has the supportof both nursing and multidisciplinary organizations. (ex. American Medical Informatics Association(AMIA) and Health Information Management Systems Society(HIMSS))
Healthcare Policy Impact on Nursing Informatics Practice
-In 2004, President G.W. Bush issued an executive order creating The Decade of Health Information Technology with a goal of establishing an electronic health record (EHR) for every American in the next10 years. One of the reasons for this order was the release of findings from the Institute of Medicine(IOM) studies concluding that information technologies hold the promise to transform health carepractice and facilitate
One of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) most important initiatives is to assistpractitioners in making care more effective and less costly, particularly by promoting adoption of health information technology-the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER) Summit in 2006 collaborated withcolleagues from key federal agencies and healthcare organizations and articulated a vision for thefuture of nursing that enables nurses to use informatics in practice and education to provide safe,quality care.
NATIONAL INFORMATICS INITIATIVES
-The presidential initiative to provide an electronic health record to all Americans by 2014. As amember of the American Health Information Community (AHIC), associations identify actions neededto advance standards for electronic health data exchange. AHIC operates under the guidance of theDepartment of Health and Human Services.-The Nationwide Health Information Network works to build a secure, nationwide health informationinfrastructure to connect health providers, consumers and others supporting health and healthcare.AHIC workgroups establish guidance for development of the Network’s architecture. The Network aimsto:• Give consumers more control of their health information• Provide better information for clinical decision making• Promote appropriate use of healthcare information beyond direct patient care
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support theadoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information