The Informatics Nurse certification indicates specialization in managing patient information. This includes managing and gathering patient data, as well as formulating programs in which this data can be used constructively to provide better nursing care. Informatics nurses are employed in clinical, administrative, and educational fields.
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In order to take the Informatics Nurse certification exam, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse with at least a Baccalaureate degree, and at least 2 years of full-time RN employment should have been completed. In addition, at least 30 hours of continuing education credits in the field of informatics should have been completed over the past 3 years.
At least one of the following requirements must also be met: at least 2,000 hours of employment in the field of informatics over the past 3 years, 1,000 hours of employment in informatics with 12 hours of graduate-level academics completed, or completion of a graduate-level academic program in informatics that covered a minimum of 200 academic hours.
The Informatics Nurse certification exam is available to RNs throughout the year at various testing sites across the United States. The fee to take the exam is $230 for American Nurses Association (ANA) members and $370 for non-members.
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The exam consists of 175 questions of which 25 of the questions are used for pre-testing purposes only for possible inclusion on future exams. The Informatics Nurse certification exam tests the RN’s knowledge of information management as it relates to patient care, along with the utilization of nursing models and theories incorporated with patient factors.
The Informatics Nurse certification is valid for 3 years. At the end of that time period, the licensed RN must have completed at least 1,000 hours of employment in an informatics position. In addition, at least 75 continuing education hours should have been completed or other educational activities should have been completed as outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The fee for renewal is $160 for ANA members and $290 for non-members as long as the practice hour and continuing education hour requirements are met. For those who wish to retake the exam in order to recertify, the fee is $230 for ANA members and $370 for non-members.
by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: March 6, 2019