Arkansas is facing similar challenges in filling its nursing jobs as many other surrounding states. One of the main concerns is that not enough nursing students are graduating to keep up with the pace that new RNs are needed. The fortunate part is that Arkansas has many nursing positions currently available, because the profession has not been as drastically affected by the economic downturn as it has in many urban areas in the country.
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).