Nurses wanting to increase their knowledge and/or skills in nursing informatics have several avenues. Whilst some offerings relate specifically to nursing informatics, the majority are focussed on the wider landscape of health informatics, of which all concepts can be applied to the discipline of nursing.
A number of universities have postgraduate coursework programs and nurses are advised to contact local universities to ascertain if they provide relevant programs or courses in both on-campus or distance education mode.
Another option is undertaking short courses, and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) provides a list of short course providers.
There is also a variety of user-pay or free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that address specific concepts within nursing or health informatics. Examples of free MOOCs include:
eHealth: more than just an electronic record offered by the University of Sydney via Coursera
Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics offered by the University of Minnesota via Coursera
eHealth – opportunities and Challenges offered by Karolinska Institutet via edX.
Entering Nursing Informatics MOOCs into a search engine will produce a list of available courses and their commencement dates.
Nurses who have experience in nursing or health informatics and want their skills formally recognised may elect to undertake certification via the Certified Health Informatician Australasia (CHIA) program, developed by HISA, ACHI, and HIMAA (Health Information Management Association of Australia).