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Informatics Nurse Specialist  What They Do

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Informatics Nurse Specialists Career Video

Applies 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.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Health Informatics pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Designs, develops, selects, tests, implements, and evaluates 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.
  • Analyzes and interprets patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • Applies knowledge of computer science, information science, nursing, and informatics theory to nursing practice, education, administration, or research, in collaboration with other health informatics specialists.
  • Translates nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Develops or implements policies or practices to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, or security of patient information.
  • Develops strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Identifies, collects, records or analyzes data that are relevant to the nursing care of patients.
  • Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in informatics.
  • Provides consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
  • Disseminates information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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