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 that electronic health record (EHR) clinical documentation and content adhere to and is consistent with federal and state regulatory and legal standards as well as organizational policy. To do this, I help facilitate 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 at that time was too limited for what I really wanted to do, which is why I started this website.  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
(BTW, my friends call me “Petite” because, well, I am… :-D. This is why you’ll see me as ‘Petite Gaces Gatela’ in FB.)

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Speaker on "Project Management Essentials for Nurses" At the Bedside and Beyond" at the Sacramento VA Nursing Symposium 2019
Speaker on Project Management Essentials for Nurses: At the Bedside and Beyond at the Sacramento VA Nursing Symposium 2019
Poster Presenter at HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exposition Nursing Symposium
Poster Presenter at HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exposition Nursing Informatics Symposium – click on the “Posters” tab midway down the page to see or download a PDF of my poster!

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7 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Fatima.I am working on a school paper and need to communicate with an informatics nurse concerning the standards he/she is using for hospital clinical applications. Can you assist with this question? Thanks so much!

  2. Christopher J. Miree says:

    Hi Fatima,

    My Name is Christopher Jay Miree. I’m a RN in the Detroit area. I have a BSN school assignment, where I must interview a Nurse Informaticist. I was wondering if you be willing to help me out and answer my questions. I would deeply appreciate it. If you can’t, could you please direct me to a professional that could? It’s six questions, and I don’t need them until the end of this week. Thank you for your time, and I hope to hear from you soon.


    Christopher J. Miree RN

    Interview with a Nursing Information Expert

    1. Describe your career path to your current position. Include information about education and experiences.

    2. Discuss the value of best evidence as a driving force in delivery of nursing care at your facility.

    3. What safeguards and decision-making support tools are embedded in patient care technologies and information systems that support safe practice at your facility?

    4. Names/lists four or more technologies that improved patient care.

    5. Names/lists three or more groups that rely on information/data AND describes in detail how information is utilized.

    6. Please tell me what challenges you have faced in dealing with other disciplines who may not “understand the needs of nurses/nursing?”

  3. Hi, Mary! Thanks for leaving a comment! I sent you a response via email. Best, Fatima

  4. Hi, Christopher! Thanks for your questions. I sent you my answers via email. Best, Fatima

  5. Chris Miree says:

    Hi Fatima, Thank You!

  6. Dee says:

    Hi Fatima, I have been thinking about nursing informatics but am hearing that the jobs are dwindling down and there isn’t a great need for Mid like before done alot of hospitals have gone live with their EHRs. As a result, I feel reluctant to get in to NI. Can you share your thought in that please. Thanks.

  7. Hi, Dee! I sent you an email with some websites you might want to look into for more information about jobs and career tracks in NI. Even though EHR implementation projects are dwindling down, there are still many job roles and career opportunities for informatics nurses (caveat: this may depend on location). Informatics nurse roles run the gamut from EHR analyst/builders, to project managers, data analytics experts, informatics trainers/educators, and many more. I wish you the best in your career progression!



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