Informatics Nurse Specialists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Telehealth Director
  • Telehealth Coordinator
  • Telehealth Case Manager
  • Public Health Informatician
  • Nursing Information Systems Coordinator
  • Nursing Informatics Clinical Analyst
  • Nursing Informatics Analyst
  • Nurse Informatics Educator
  • Nurse Informaticist
  • Informatics Nurse Specialist
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What They Do

  • Plan, install, repair or troubleshoot telehealth technology applications or systems in homes.
  • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.
  • Inform local, state, national and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development and economics.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration and research.
  • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
  • 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.
  • Disseminate information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.
  • Provide consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in informatics.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $93,520 with most people making between $54,460 and $143,630

Outlook

2.08%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 24,030 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 29,030 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 500 openings due to growth and about 310 replacement openings for approximately 810 total annual openings.



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