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Informatics Nurse Specialists

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Identify, collect, record, or analyze data that are relevant to the nursing care of patients.
    • Develop, implement, or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes, or structures to assist nurses with data management.
    • Use informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
    • Provide consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
    • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
    • Develop strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating, or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
    • Develop or implement policies or practices to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, or security of patient information.
    • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in informatics.
    • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
    • Disseminate information about nursing informatics science and practice to the profession, other health care professions, nursing students, and the public.
    • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.
    • Plan, install, repair, or troubleshoot telehealth technology applications or systems in homes.
    • Inform local, state, national, and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development, and economics.
    • 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.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $84,690/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $40.72/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 28,800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,860
    Typical Education
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
    • Desktop computers
    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software