With more than three quarters of nurses in Vermont age 45 or older, there is an evident need for a new crop of nurses to fill nursing jobs in the near future. The nursing shortage is not as severe in Vermont as it is elsewhere, but with more than half of the nursing industry planning to retire by 2020, it will definitely feel the pinch soon. The state has already prepared for this by offering financial incentives for nurses to pursue graduate studies and go into teaching, which will help expand nursing programs and lessen the projected shortage.
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).