In Their Words: My Career in Nursing Informatics—Part 2

NIIn the Foreword of An Introduction to Nursing Informatics: Evolution & Innovation (HIMSS Books, 2015), Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS, writes:

“It is hard to imagine today how we could possibly realize the promise of health IT without informatics nurses at the core of these advancements. And now we are at the cusp of transforming health and healthcare through the many contributions of nursing informatics (NI). As you will discover in this book, informatics nurses are doing exciting and innovative work such as optimizing systems, design­ing wearable devices, analyzing data to improve health outcomes, and influencing policy.”

The final chapter of the book features 15 essays from nurses working in myriad healthcare settings and at different points in their careers. Each reflects upon the challenges and opportunities for the nurse informaticist in any healthcare setting. Here are some of their thoughts.

  1. The responsibilities of the clinical informaticist in a retail healthcare setting continue to develop and grow, as the lines between traditional primary care, hospital nursing, advanced nursing practice, community-based clinics, and regional medical systems dissolve. In an industry that strives to provide convenient quality healthcare while promoting coordinated care delivery, my role challenges me to in­tegrate data and people to produce relevant clinical intelligence—a mantle I am honored to carry and hope to pass on to other nurses in the future.

—Susan Brown, MSN, FNP-BC, CPHIMS, Director Clinical Informatics, Family Nurse Practitioner

  1. By providing expertise in the EHR systems most commonly used across our state, I serve as a knowledge resource and can facilitate the improvement of outcomes for targeted patient populations and/or specific clinical metrics. By being available to the healthcare pro­viders in their practices, I can more effectively address their specific needs, which ultimately minimizes lost productivity and increases buy-in from providers and staff.

—Rhelinda McFadden, RN, CPHIT, CPEHR, Quality Specialist at Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

  1. As the Informatics Director, I provide comprehensive leadership to complex projects. I use quality processes and evidenced-based prac­tice to provide streamlined clinical solutions that meet the business needs related to clinical support applications, clinical work processes, and the redesign and enhancement of the core clinical IT platforms and workflows the core systems support.

—Kimberly Ellis Krakowski, MSN, RN, CAHIMS, Director of Informatics and Innovation for an Epic EHR Health System

  1. The nurse informaticist in LTC can bring value to many areas in this setting when skills and training are utilized effectively. As a clinician, the nurse informaticist can help prepare the organization for value-based purchasing, participation in accountable care organizations, and providing the data needed to effectively collaborate with other healthcare providers moving forward. The nurse informaticist in LTC can be a leader within the organization by assessing current workflows to identify ways technology can be effectively and efficiently employed to enable safe, cost effective, quality patient care through identification and elimination of redundancies in workflow processes.
    —Sylvia Rowe, MSN, RN-BC, LNHA, Vice President of Clinical Informatics, Ethica Health & Retirement Communities
  2. The role of the CNIO is evolving and rapidly becoming recognized as a mission-critical member of the healthcare leadership team. The CNIO role adds value by elevating the voice of nursing and informatics to the C-suite and ensuring that clinical workflows are understood and patient care delivery is optimized.

—Mark Sugrue, RN-BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center

How has the discipline of nursing informatics impact your career?

Look for Part 3 later this week. Read Part 1 here.

For the month of May, save 20% on print or eBook editions of An Introduction to Nursing Informatics: Evolution & Innovation. If you are interested in obtaining a review copy for a course adoption, contact Matt Schlossberg, Manager of Publications, HIMSS Media. If you are interested in bulk purchases, contact Nancy Vitucci, Senior Manager of Publications, HIMSS Media.


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