By Elizabeth Borycki, RN, PhD

In September of 2010, the Schools of Nursing and Health Information Science launched a novel double-degree Masters program that leads to a Master of Nursing and Master of Health Informatics for nurses who are interested in nursing informatics careers in Canada. In 2008 Noreen Frisch and Marjorie McIntyre from the UVic School of Nursing and Andre Kushniruk and Elizabeth Borycki from the School of Health Information Science designed the distance-based, graduate program to meet the needs of nurses who are interested in working in informatics roles at the intersection of nursing and health informatics. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and it is one of the few programs that provides a comprehensive set of courses and experiential work opportunities in the area of nursing informatics. Nurses who complete the program graduate with two degrees: a Master of Nursing and a Master of Science in Health Informatics after 3 years of study. To date, the Schools have received overwhelming interest and support of the graduate program from international nursing informatics and health informatics leaders from around the world as well as regional health authorities from across Canada.

From the 2012 Spring Communiqué — Informatics