I believe every health personnel with a background in technology and also interested in this field should focus and get properly involved as the general advancement in technology as in connection with the health facilities and record keeping will certainly give Nursing Informatics the proper environment to be more lucrative and much sought after.

What Is Nursing Informatics?

If I had told you several years ago that my job description was as a Nursing Informatics Clinical Project Manager or a Clinical Informatics Specialist, I believe you would have been highly surprised, it is likely you would not have the faintest idea of what i am talking about. 

However, that aspect of the nursing profession has become much more relevant in the last few years and is even likely to gain more ground once aspects of information technology are properly accepted as part of the nursing profession and general health care. This brings us to the question , What can we call

Nursing Informatics?


A nurse who is specialised in informatics can be viewed as a nurse who participates in certain activities that focus on how to apply technology and information to nursing, such a nurse also combines the knowledge of computer and general health care together to make available procedures  and skills that will improve access to medical information and techniques and also at the same time ensure safety in health facilities.

This skill also enables nurses to manage information effectively while relating to their patients or clients. The next question that automatically comes up is to ask about what nurses working in informatics do?

In this regard I have seen job responsibilities that range from managing projects, handling medical information and records to also being involved with software specifically designed for nurses and nursing.

This nurses also develop and carry out training programmes for other nurses in the use of nursing related software or program as well as also creating clinical information systems for health facilities.

There is a Not - for -profit organization called Health care Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS ), thIs organization along with the American Nurses Informatics websites  make information available on the possible role of Nurse Informatics, advise on such a career, associations that you could join and other related issues.

Examples of jobs in this field can be found and related to the following;


Education/Training programs

Acute care facilities

Long Term Care organizations

Private Companies or Vendors

or you could even  be an independent contractor in  software designing, training or consulting.

Whenever you see job titles like;

Project Manager, Implementation Specialist,

Clinical Analyst, Nurse Specialist Informatics

Nurse Clinical Consultant and Systems Analyst they are strongly related to nursing and the use of technology in health care.

The renumeration for nurses in this line could be around $70,000 in Long Term Care facilities and be as high as $130,000 for those Consulting. I believe this field can bring great opportunities for those who want to invest in nursing and general healthcare.


This type of nurses will certainly be the driving force for the new trend of health care management because they will certainly  help in reshaping the health care system and also the design of vital health care related software and facilities.

They higher the number of nurses that embrace this new trend, the better for the safety of patients and clients which will ultimately lead to effective and efficient health care delivery.

Can We Apply Locard's Exchange Principle to Cyber Crime?

In the analysis of the top source for crime related income as carried out a few months ago, crimes related to computer and the use of Internet has significantly gained more prominence than drug trafficking which has been undoubtedly in first place for several years.

When the use of Internet started gaining prominence it was assumed that it would definitely  be an effective method of carrying out research generally, if much thought was given to its limitless application maybe a lot of regulation and protection could have been developed with it as it grew.

An analysis of news and information as it filters in shows that an alarming high percentage of It is related to incidents of personal information theft and bank related fraud that have left many accounts siphoned just because a percentage of the population has found a way to use the potentials of the internet to carry out their criminal intentions.

The possession of an internet enabled device and an internet connection has really changed the way criminal investigation is now carried out. I was privileged to read a reputable analysis of the effect of this crime and discovered that almost 10 million Residents of America were  affected by the activities of this criminals in the year 2010 and their loss resulted in over 250 million US Dollars.

Let us talk about The Locard Exchange Principle which I will abbreviate to (LEP) An authority in forensic investigation; Dr. Edmond Locard, who was popularly referred to as the French version of "Sherlock Holmes," created the basic principle of forensic science, which states that "Every contact leaves a trace," basically Locard's theory was more focused on the physical contact that the criminal had with items on the crime scene.

However, the crime scene we have most times in cybercrime does not involve anything physical but is actually extended to every Internet enabled device and an Internet connection which can be found almost everywhere. The dilemma that this gives us is "How can Locard's Exchange Principle apply to a device that may not have any stable physical location", experts in digital investigation believe that it does.

If a computer system that has protection from unauthorised persons is still illegally accessed by a criminal with an indepth knowledge, how can this exchange principle apply? since It has been argued that this kind of crime usually leaves no physical evidence. It is true that ordinarily the criminal would leave no physical trace that he was there,  but It is possible that electronically there could be evidence from the computer's access logs or a record showing that there was a file accessed through a particular network transmission.

It is also possible that when a side-channel analysis is applied to any activity on a computer  device's storage it can reveal if any network operations was carried out. There is also the option of combing through the access logs of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see if there were any unauthorised access.

It might be quite impossible to show that a particular data was taken when you use all this methods, however you will be able to know that data was removed somewhere. Spying on corporate competitors is more prevalent  lately and it has become a real problem to the U.S. economy and also a threat to the security of the nation.

Information from the U.S. security agencies  agencies has warned politicians and alleged that the People's Republic of  China and Russia are engaged in acts of spying through the internet. when they succeed,  some "Trade secrets that has taken a long time to create by exceptional  people minds are  taken and given to corporate rivals, this governments  have however denied the allegations.

When we now take the Cyber Exchange Principle and relate it to crimes carried out through the internet, a thorough inspection of one computer or server will show that there was illegal access and the detective then realises that the crime Is linked to more than a computer even when the other computers are seperated by over a thousand miles or are in different countries.

The person carrying out this crime will surely not reveal his fingerprints, foot prints, or traces of body fluids when the act is carried out, however his electronic action reveals little details of unauthorised access and data removal at several points and this is what becomes important in tracing the crime and catching the culprit.

ThIs theory of Dr. Edmond Locard given several years ago should be allowed to be of great consideration in the operation of our cybercrime investigators as they try to unravel the signs of network activity that each computer can reveal and any other traces which the internet can show.

An authoritative developer of software for Internet related security revealed that almost $120 billion Was stolen from over 400 million persons in the year 2011. I think it is high time that the fight against cybercrime becomes globally reinforced.