Oregon Nurse Informatics Certification - OR
Nursing informatics represents the information technology branch of healthcare. Although the term suggests the specialty is limited to nurses, the field is open to all healthcare professionals with information technology experience. Of course, Oregon registered nurses occupy key roles within this specialty. They routinely serve in such positions as consultants, managers, and database administrators, in locations like hospitals, public health agencies and third party insurers. Unlike other medical specialties, Oregon requires no separate certification or licensing for registered nurses working as nursing informatics.
Despite the state’s lack of state-mandated credentials, acquiring an Oregon nursing informatics certification is a smart move. Individuals who voluntarily certify show employers they are serious about career advancement, as well as advancing the practice of nursing overall. Certification for nursing informatics professionals is obtained by passing examinations administered by one of two national organizations. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam focuses on how informatics relates to nursing. Qualifications for certification testing include possession of a current RN license and having fulfilled a certain number of practice hours (nursecredentialing.org). That means those seeking Oregon nursing informatics certification from ANCC must also comply with state requirements for registered nurse licensure:
- Graduate from an Oregon-approved nursing program
- Pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX)
- Pass a national criminal background check
ANCC certification is good for five years and renewable upon evidence of 75 hours of continuing education, 1,000 practice hours in the area of certification, and a current RN license (nursecredentialing.org).
The Healthcare Management and Information Systems Society (HIMSS) also offers nursing informatics certification. This organization’s exam emphasizes the specialty’s information technology component. To qualify, a candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an informatics-related field, and have two to three years of work experience as an IT professional in health care. Certification lasts for three years and is renewable with proof of at least 45 hours of continuing education in the specialty (himss.org).