What does an Informatic Nurse Specialist do?

Apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.

Jobs Roles

  • Design, develop, select, test, implement, and evaluate new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and decision-support mechanisms to support patients, health care professionals, and their information management and human-computer and human-technology interactions within health care contexts.
  • Disseminate information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.
  • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Plan, install, repair or troubleshoot telehealth technology applications or systems in homes.
  • Use informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
  • Develop, implement or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes or structures to assist nurses with data management.
  • Analyze and interpret patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration and research.
  • Apply knowledge of computer science, information science, nursing, and informatics theory to nursing practice, education, administration, or research, in collaboration with other health informatics specialists.
  • Develop or implement policies or practices to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, or security of patient information.
  • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.
  • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
  • Develop strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Identify, collect, record or analyze data that are relevant to the nursing care of patients.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in informatics.
  • Provide consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
  • Inform local, state, national and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development and economics.
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