The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will provide grants to community colleges to train nurses and other health care professionals in IT programs. Registered nurse Vicki Vallejos, clinical informatics manager at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Ind., said nursing IT programs are not the rule but the subject should be a semester course in every nursing school. "Nurses need to understand the wide spectrum of what a nurse informaticist can do," she said.

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