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Informatics Nurse Specialists

Also called: Business Consultant, Clinical Informatics; Clinical Informatics Director; Clinical Information Systems Director; Consultant

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Design, develop, select, test, implement, and evaluate new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and decision-support mechanisms to support patients, health care professionals, and their information management and human-computer and human-technology interactions within health care contexts.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Structured query language SQL
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$81,190
per year, on average
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