The state of Mississippi has been dealing with a nursing shortage for awhile, but nursing jobs have especially been in demand since Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately for the state, the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce is one of the most innovative nursing workforce centers in the country. They have taken recent steps to bolster training and placement of nurses, and recently helped get a large salary increase approved for nursing faculty. Because of these efforts, student placement has increased dramatically, which will help hospitals fill nursing jobs more effectively in the near future.
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).