What Roles Can You Play in Nursing Informatics?

The world of Nursing Informatics is deep and complex, and nurses can fill varied and multi-faceted roles in this arena.

This new field is still very much in the process of growing and defining itself.  Which is why the roles outlined below should simply serve as a guide or a starting point for the nurse who is interested in exploring this new field.  Even now, nurses all over the country and the world are in the process of either filling in these roles, and some are even carving out new ones for themselves.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, better known as HIMSS in its 2011 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey noted that “as in previous studies, nurse informaticists play a critical role in the implementation of various clinical applications including clinical/nursing documentation and clinical information systems, computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE) and electronic medical/health records.”

Furthermore, the study showed that “Twenty (20) percent of respondents reported that they have a title of nursing informatics specialist while another 10 percent reported the title of clinical specialist…Seven percent reported the title of consultant and five percent each identified project manager or director of nursing informatics.”

The 2017 results of the same HIMSS survey showed that “Approximately two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents indicated that they do not have a supervisory role and there are no individuals who report to them. This number decreased from 2014 (67 percent) meaning respondents’ roles may supervise larger departments. The job responsibilities of the respondents continue to include systems implementation and utilization/optimization. While systems development is still in the top three job responsibilities, the percent currently working in this area decreased from 38 percent in 2014 to 31 percent in 2017.”

The University of Maryland School of Nursing, one of the pioneers in Nursing Informatics education in the U.S., citing both the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), and the American Medical Informatics Nursing Informatics Working Group (AMIA/NI-WG), notes that career opportunities on those two sites fall within two categories:

Applied/Professional Job Titles

  • Systems Analyst
  • Support Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • IT Training Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Leader
  • Chief Information Officer

Expert/Liaison Job Titles:

  • Super User
  • Trainer/Educator
  • Informatics Coordinator
  • Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  • Information Technology Nursing Advocate

 Source:  University of Maryland School of Nursing website

Other professional job titles/roles that I have encountered are:

  • Application Analyst
  • Application Team Leader
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Systems Specialist
  • Clinical Systems Manager
  • Clinical Informatics Consultant
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Director
  • EHR Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • EHR Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing (EHR) Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing (EHR) Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Nursing Informatics Manager
  • Nursing Informatics Director

 

 

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