I’m an RN who has a deep and enduring passion for Healthcare, Nursing, and Technology.
I currently work at one of the country’s leading academic medical centers, where I’m responsible for helping ensure optimal documentation and integrity of the electronic health record (EHR), as well as facilitating the improvement and development of EHR tools. I’m also involved in various aspects of health informatics, data analytics, and process improvement projects, among others.
Previous to this, I was an EHR application project team member at two of the United States’ highest-ranking healthcare systems, where I was involved in creating and deploying electronic documentation tools, and troubleshooting EHR and documentation/workflow/project-related issues.
My clinical experience prior to my transition to Nursing Informatics culminated in a role as a Neurosurgery/Trauma critical care nurse at another wonderful, top-ranked academic medical center, where I was also a clinical application superuser for two EHR implementations (IDX CareCast and Epic). See the rest of my work experience here.
My advocacy is twofold – to encourage more clinicians to become involved in informatics-related jobs, roles, and projects if they are interested in this line of work, as well as to help them have the tools to excel and be happy in their chosen career path whether it is at the bedside or elsewhere.
I believe that nurses have a wealth of caring experience, critical thinking skills, and in-depth knowledge of clinical situations and workflows that enable us to help each other, our workplaces, and ultimately, our patients and their families in more ways than one.
It is my hope that this blog helps me connect with like-minded professionals, so we can share our ideas and experiences, and maybe even grow together in our quest to provide the best possible patient care, at the bedside and beyond.
About This Blog
This blog had its beginnings as a Facebook page* I created back in April 2010. My goal at that time was simply to follow advances in healthcare IT and nursing informatics.
However, the Facebook format was too limited for what I really wanted to do, which is why I started this. Two months after this blog was born, I was offered a job at the the electronic health record (EHR) implementation project in one of the U.S.’s top academic medical centers. I was very excited to share the news with my colleagues and friends. I soon found myself receiving numerous emails and phone calls, from friends, peers, and even strangers, asking me how I was able to transition from bedside nursing to informatics nursing. From that experience sprung my new goal.
This time, I wanted to create an online resource that would help current and future Informatics Nurses – the kind of resource that I didn’t to find when I was researching on the Internet in the years before 2010: a website that gave specific steps and examples of how nurses can transition from the bedside to a new role in nursing informatics, as well as grow professionally in this field.
This blog is a journey of discovery – about the field of Nursing Informatics, about the ever-changing role of nurses, and about our evolving and expanding role in patient care, at the bedside and beyond.
Thank you for visiting, and I wish you well on your own journey of discovery!
All the best,
Fatima Sharon Gatela, BSN, RN-BC