About This Blog
This blog had its beginnings as a Facebook page* I created back in April 2010. My goal at that time was to simply follow advances in healthcare information technology in general, and nursing informatics in particular.
However, I soon found the Facebook format too limited for what I really wanted to do. I wanted to share my experiences, discoveries, and questions about the fast-growing field of Nursing Informatics with like-minded clinicians, as well as learn from other Nursing Informatics professionals, so I started this blog.
Two months after I started blogging about Nursing Informatics and Healthcare I.T., I was offered a job in a team that was implementing a new electronic health record (EHR) system at one of the U.S.’s top academic medical centers. I was very excited to share the news with my colleagues and friends.
It was a pleasant surprise to me when, a few weeks into my new job, I started receiving emails and phone calls from friends, asking me how I was able to transition from bedside nursing to informatics nursing. Suddenly, I had another goal.
This time, I wanted to create an online resource that would help current and future Informatics Nurses. I wanted to make something that I did not find when I was researching and surfing the Internet in the years before 2010: a website that gave specific steps and examples on 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!
(*The FB page with a long and awkward title has since been retired, but you can still view it here.)
I am an RN who has a deep and enduring passion for Healthcare, Nursing, and Technology.
I am currently working at one of the country’s leading academic medical centers. In my role, I am responsible for helping ensure optimal documentation and integrity of the electronic health record, as well as facilitating the improvement and development of EHR tools. I am also involved in various aspects of health informatics, data analytics, and process improvement projects.
Previous to this, I was an Epic application project team member at two of the United States’ top healthcare systems, where I was involved in creating and deploying electronic documentation tools and troubleshooting issues.
My clinical experience culminated with working as a Neuro/Trauma ICU nurse at a wonderful academic medical center, where I was a clinical application superuser for two EHR implementations (IDX CareCast and Epic). See the rest of my work experience here.
My mission is to encourage more clinicians to become involved in informatics-related roles and projects. 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 create useful and user-friendly tools for our colleagues at the bedside.
I also hope to use my knowledge, skills, and experiences to help build and improve clinical systems and electronic tools that are user-friendly and intuitive, so that clinicians can more fully concentrate on providing safe, efficient, effective and quality patient care.
It is my hope that having this blog helps me connect with like-minded professionals, so we can share ideas and experiences, and perhaps grow together in our quest to provide the best possible patient care, at the bedside and beyond.
All the best,
Fatima Gatela, RN BSN