January 7, 2014

Nurse Informaticist, Analyst, Trainer, or All of the Above?

I can't help but get a little annoyed when people ask me about my job. First of all, it is kinda hard to describe to those who have no background in healthcare and to be honest I'm a little confused myself! My title is Computer Trainer & Analyst, but I also build electronic nursing and doctors' order sets, perform audits, train new employees on our EMR. 

Despite the confusing title, the bottom line is that I am still a nurse. Some people might think that my job isn't doing real nursing. Sigh. Even though I am no longer at the bedside, I still use important nursing skills like effective communication, task management, critical thinking, etc. I still need my nursing background and years of experience to do my job well. I read this great article via Nurse.com about the demand for informatics nurses. I also think it does a good job of describing what my job entails and its importance in healthcare and in nursing.

Click here for the article.

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