The gap between the demand for more nursing jobs in Pennsylvania and the supply of nurses is severe, with an expected 41 percent vacancy rate in nursing positions by the year 2020. This means 54,000 more nurses will be required by then to provide adequate patient care for Pennsylvania residents. Several statewide campaigns are already in place to staff more nursing educators who can provide the growing number of nursing students with the tools to thrive in the industry and alleviate the nursing shortage in hospitals.
King of Prussia
Nursing informatics combines nursing science with computer science for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical nursing information systems to improve the decision-making processes by medical providers and patients alike. Professional organizations for nurse informaticists include the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) maintains the Informatics Nursing Certification Exam, which is accredited by both the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).