Nurse Shortage: Nursing Shortages and Baby Boomers

Nursing Shortage in USA – Careers in Nursing
As the debate about health care continues, one issue that affects all of us is the availability of qualified nurses to provide care in the United States. Baby Boomers are aging and nursing as a career is one in which the needs in terms of our population will surpass the […]

Assistant Professor of Nursing Part 2 – Salaries Career Opportunities

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Part 2 of HospitalSoup.com’s Interview with Professor Bethany Hoffman
Another “Day in the Life” series brought to you by HospitalSoup.com featuring innovative health care professionals and medical careers.

Q. Give us an example of what a typical day on the job might be like as a clinical nurse educator.
B.H. I have time every day […]

Operating Room Nursing Part 2 – OR Nurse Salary and Jobs

Operating Room Nursing Part 2
OR Nurse Salary and Jobs

This is Part 2 of HospitalSoup.com’s interview with Operating Room Nurse Tammera Glenn and part of  “The Day in the Life…. Series by HospitalSoup.com as we profile exceptional medical professionals and provide our readers with an insight on what it’s like to work in the medical field as a […]

Nursing Informatics Part 2 – Informatics Nursing Salary and Informatics Job Description

Nursing Informatics Part 2
Informatics Nursing Salary and Informatics Job Description

This is part 2 of HospitalSoup.com’s Interview with Informatics Nurse, Lt. Col Florence Valley

Another “Day in the Life” Interview with a Medical Professional brought to you by HospitalSoup.com, profiling  outstanding health care professionals and medical careers so that you can learn what it’s like to work […]

Nursing Informatics Part 1 – Nurse Informatics as a Career

Nursing Informatics:  Part I : Nursing Informatics as a Career
Interview with Lt. Col. Florence Valley

Part of the Day in the Life Series by HospitalSoup.com
Medical Career Profiles

Interview and editing by Bonnie Garrington for HospitalSoup.com

Name: Lt. Col. Florence Valley
Title: Chief, Health Care Integrator
Place of Employment: Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
Educational Background: M.S. in Nursing

Background: Lt. Col. Florence Valley joined the U.S. Air Force in 1982, the year she received a B.A. in nursing from the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, MN. She began her career as an obstetrics staff nurse, moved into the role of assistant nurse manager, then worked at another facility where they needed a medical-surgical nurse manager. While in Bitburg, Germany, she managed outpatient clinics starting in pediatrics and ending in family practice. After she worked as an inpatient obstetrics head nurse at another facility, she began course work at the University of Arizona and graduated with a M.S. degree. Her nursing studies focused on case, systems and data management. Today she works at a military medical treatment facility that serves a population of 28,000 beneficiaries at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Valley has worked as an informatics nurse since 1999.

Q. What made you choose nursing informatics as a career?
To a certain extent, by happenstance, but I also wanted to find something that would set me apart from my peers. Many of them were also nurse managers, so we had the same skills. I really don’t consider myself in the role of “nursing” informatics. I am a nurse that does informatics. I value the business aspect of health care, and I knew that providing quality health care was often data driven. Also, the military health system had recently become part of a network of contracts representing possibly the biggest HMO in the nation. Information is so very important in every aspect of this enterprise. Because of my course work at Arizona, I kind of fell into data management because I knew that data drove many decisions. Another reason was that my husband is an avid computer “geek,” so the environment was familiar. It’s a long story, but my experience has prepared me well for this career. It has all come together. With my clinical background, I know the processes that produce the data. With my computer background, I’m able to retrieve data and transform it into information needed to improve medical care.

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Operating Room Nurse Part 1 – Working as an OR Nurse

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Assistant Professor of Nursing Part 1 – Working as a Nurse Educator

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A Day in the Life…..
An Interview with Professor Bethany Hoffman
Written by: GinaMaria Jerome
HospitalSoup.com is proud to introduce one of our new feature writers, Ms. GinaMaria Jerome

Name: Bethany Hoffman
Title: Assistant Professor of Nursing
Place of Employment: Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado
Educational Background:Master’s of […]