Informatics Nursing

What You Need to Know About Being an Informatics Nurse

Informatics nurses help manage, interpret and communicate vital medical data flowing in and out of doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. Few informatics nurses perform any patient care duties. Rather, these nurses look for ways to simplify and enhance documentation using advanced computer and information technologies. Instead of spending each shift handwriting notes into every patient’s chart, nursing informatics makes it possible to record notes sooner and faster using computers, handheld devices, voice recognition and other tools. The goal of informatics nurses is to design and implement systems that improve documentation accuracy, eliminate unnecessary work, enhance accuracy, and enable analysis of clinical data. Nurses in this specialty usually work in the information systems department of a healthcare organization and are skilled in computer science, information technology and nursing science. Informatics nurses also work to develop medical technology and train other nurses on the latest systems.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • TAKE CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES IN INFORMATICS
  • EARN YOUR INFORMATICS NURSE CERTIFICATION

$55,000 - $75,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Incorporate information technology in clinical settings
  • Perform research based on clinical data and trials
  • Work with information systems to help patients manage their own health
  • Develop storage and analytic technology to optimize data for research

Education Requirements

BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical and research facilities
  • Healthcare consulting firms

Certification

RN, Informatics Nurse Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)