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.

Below are some of the professional job titles/roles that I have encountered.

Analyst/Specialist (Individual Contributor)

  • Application Analyst
  • Application Manager
  • Business and Clinical Systems Specialist
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Nurse
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Clinical Applications Specialist
  • Clinical Applications Support
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Clinical Informatics Coordinator
  • Clinical Informatics Educator
  • Clinical Informatics Nurse
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Application Analyst
  • EHR Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • EHR Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Informatics Coordinator
  • Nurse Analyst
  • Nurse Educator – Informatics
  • Nursing (EHR) Implementation Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing (EHR) Optimization Specialist or Leader
  • Nursing Informatics Specialist
  • Project Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Improvement Analyst


  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Clinical Systems Manager
  • EHR Application Supervisor
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Nursing Informatics Manager
  • Nursing Informatics Director
  • Program Manager

(This post was originally published in May 2011, and is occasionally updated.  Last update: September 2021)