Informatics Nurse Specialists

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.

Median Annual Wage: $82,710

Education: Bachelor's degree (60%); Master's degree (25%); Associate's degree (5%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Clinical Informatics Director; Clinical Information Systems Director; Clinical Applications Specialist; Nursing Information Systems Coordinator; Consultant; Business Consultant, Clinical Informatics; Clinical Coordinator; Clinical Informatics Specialist; Clinical Informatics Strategist; Director Clinical Information Services

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Informatics Nurse Specialists.

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  • Analyze and interpret patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • 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.
  • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Develop strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Develop or implement policies or practices to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, or security of patient information.
  • 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.
  • Disseminate information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.
  • Develop, implement or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes or structures to assist nurses with data management.
  • Use informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
  • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration and research.
  • Inform local, state, national and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development and economics.
  • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Informatics Nurse Specialists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Informatics Nurse Specialists.

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