The informatics nurse uses clinical nursing experience to optimize the use and function of electronic medical records and patient care software applications. This type of nurse is responsible for identifying and supporting computerization needs related to patient care services and also serves as a liaison among medical clinical staff and computer and software vendors. The Clinical Informatics RN is responsible for maintaining medical hardware and software, implementation and training of medical staff, troubleshooting system problems, customizing software per individual user preferences, performing system updates and upgrades, and running reports and collecting data as needed. They are also responsible for ensuring that electronic documentation meets all applicable standards of internal and external accreditation and review organizations.
The informatics nurse generally needs a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and experience working as a clinical nurse using electronic health care records. A Master’s degree in Health Informatics, Health Care Management or Quality Management is preferred. Those with a degree in Nursing Administration with an emphasis on health informatics may also qualify for employment as an informatics nurse. Experience with computerized medical records can substitute for education at some facilities. Strong professional, organizational and communication skills are required.
Informatics nurses work indoors in climate-controlled environments. Lifting in this position is minimal. A large portion of the day is spent seated, though frequent travel may be required. Most positions are business hours, but occasionally nights, weekends, and holidays may be required.
The salary of a nursing informatics specialist will vary based on a number of factors such as location, education level, facility of employment, scope of the job, and experience level.
Informatics Nurse Tasks
Acts as a clinical liaison between IT, vendors and staff.
Train and educate staff including physicians on new systems and work flow.
Facilitates the evaluation and implementation of clinical IT applications.