What Roles Can You Play in Nursing Informatics?

by The Informatics Nurse on May 21, 2011

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.  The roles listed below can 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 US and the world are still in the process of either filling in these roles or even carving out and creating new ones for themselves.

The 2017 results of the 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 Manager
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Nurse
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Clinical Systems Specialist
  • Clinical Systems Manager
  • Clinical Informatics Consultant
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Clinical Applications Support
  • Clinical Applications Specialist
  • Data Analytics Specialist
  • eDiscovery Analyst
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Director
  • EHR Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • EHR Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Health Information Management Analyst
  • Health Information Management Project Manager
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Nursing (EHR) Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing (EHR) Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Nursing Informatics Manager
  • Nursing Informatics Director
  • Solutions Manager

(This post was originally published in May 2011, and is occasionally updated.  Last update: January 2020)

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