If you want to be the “go-to” nursing professional that is considered for top assignments, consider taking IT classes.

In fact, nurses with IT skills will be in particular demand in the foreseeable future because your much-needed skills (nursing and technology) can be put to great use by hospital administrators. Medical facilities are being forced to train their fulltime staff with the adoption of electronic health records, so having a team member with some IT experience is greatly valued.

In addition, many healthcare facilities need nurses who have experience with different computer and medical records systems. So if you have these skills, don’t be surprised if your assignment includes you performing some training of a facility’s permanent staff in technology in which they don’t have experience.

Even if you don’t have experience in an assignment’s particular system, your ability to learn new systems – and your ease in navigating them – still will be helpful to a facility as you will be able to learn a system quickly.

In fact, a March 2011 article on InformationWeek.com reporting on the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, found that a “hybrid career combining nursing and healthcare IT skills — is growing in importance and impact.”

There’s even a name for this hybrid: nurse informaticists.

Salaries for nurse informaticists are also on the rise, growing 42 percent from 2004 to 2011, with the average salary as reported in the 2011 survey sitting at $98,703.

Most informaticists have considerable nursing experience, with almost half of the survey respondents reporting that they had 16 or more years of clinical experience, while 39 percent reported that they’d been working as an informaticist for 10 years or more. Many informaticists have master’s degrees: 57 percent reported having a post-graduate degree.

That doesn’t mean you need an advanced degree to become the “go-to” nurse when it comes to technology. Putting in some extra hours on your own time to learn a system, or taking IT courses that lead to certification also can be a great addition to your resume – and can help a recruiter jump for joy when she comes across your resume/CV.

Regardless of whether you’re a technology whiz or if you’re “just” a great RN, we want to hear from you. Clients of MedPro Healthcare Staffing are desperate for your skills for short-term assignments at hospitals and other medical centers all across the country. Contact us today to learn more!