Informatics Department of One

by: Emily A. Carey MS, RN-BC

I am sure you are all wondering what I am talking about.  How could one person do the job of the ten Informatics Nurses that I have in my organization? Or you are asking this question: she must work for a small organization that does not have that many employees or beds.  The truth of the matter is there are many “Informatics Departments of One” out there in the United States healthcare system.

  I am personally responsible for 8 facilities across the state of Ohio with about 800 beds and four different levels of care. This is the reality of EHR in long term care.

 On a daily basis I can move around in the seven different functional areas of an Informatics Nurse.  Achieving wonderful (positive?) results for the lives of the patients that my organization takes care of on a daily basis is rewarding.

 I make a plan for each day, but the reality is I never know what is going to pull me in a different direction during my day. My assessment skill has proven to be one of the most valuable tools in my arsenal. In addition, knowledge of the system life cycle from start to finish has guided me immensely in my career.

I know that there are many of you out there who are in the same boat as me. I want us to come together to network and share ideas.   HIMSS is helping me to start the HIMSS Nursing Informatics LTPAC Workgroup. To learn more information about t his workgroup, please contact Maria Thornblad to get involved and connect.

About Christel Anderson

Christel Anderson, is HIMSS Director, Clinical Informatics
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