Nurse Informaticist

Job Description

The goal of the nurse informaticist is to basically compile information and, according to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), to use the "science and practice (that) integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide."

Better care and patient outcome is the end result of the knowledge provided by the nurse informaticist.




The improvement of health care is what the nurse informaticist works towards, using information technology to communicate their findings to medical providers, educators, software engineers, business interests, researchers, and chief nursing officers.

The information provided is instrumental in assuring that the highest quality of health care is provided to patients.

The responsibilities of the nurse informaticist are, according to the IMIA: using information technologies and communication to improve patient care; compile information regarding research and methodologies to use in actual practice; assist with the formulation of a national data base from present research and standards; develop communication and information technology that will expedite the dissemination of data to the various healthcare disciplines; provide a definition of public health policies for practical application.




Change Management

Needs to understand the impact of the change on users. Help transition users from current state to future state and help users deal with changes.

Workflow Documentation

Must be able to document and store information in a way users can review and understand. Know how to obtain and document requirements critical to the success of the project.


Nurse informaticists need to understand and address the complexities of standards and information interoperability and facilitate the sharing of data across healthcare environments, payers, policy advocates, and with consumers.


Must be able to lead teams, head projects and keep everything organized as things progress. 


Must pay notice things others don't and gather sensitive info and know how it relates to the transfer of info.

Critical Thinking

Must constantly be devising new ways of interacting with people, adapt to changes, and learn about the things a medical professional needs to know.


Working Conditions:


Nurse informaticists can be found in a number of employment venues; healthcare systems, academic research facilities, and business. This discipline is one of the top in healthcare and nurse informaticists can be found as nurse data scientists, clinical analysts, chief nursing informatics officers, and informatics nurse specialists.

Nurse informaticists generally participate in the designing and implementation of healthcare technology systems used in public or private institutions and businesses. They are at least partly responsible for the continual upgrading and improvement of healthcare delivery systems.

Those who undertake to become nurse informaticists will find that they will enjoy a salary in the upper ranges of the nursing field.



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