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Nurse Informatics Career

A nurse informatics career focuses on how to boost the management of information and communications in the field of nursing. The goals are to boost efficiency, cut costs, and boost patient care quality.

Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to better manage and communicate information, data and knowledge in the practice of nursing. Nursing informatics specialists facilitate data integration, information and knowledge so that they provide better support to patients, nurses and other health care providers.

Documentation is the major emphasis in the field of nursing informatics. The reason for this is that high quality care is fully dependent upon strong communication among the wide variety of health care providers.As health care providers communicate via notes on a chart, a nurse informatics analyst wants to increase the speed and accuracy of the charting process. This means that health care workers have better access to patient notes, and can mean better decisions about care.

Where Nurse Informaticists Work

Nursing informaticists frequently work in hospitals, health care facilities, consulting firms, universities and corporations. Some of their most frequent job titles include the following:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Informatics nurse specialist
  • Director – clinical informatics
  • Clinical informatics coordinator

Nurse Leadership Careers

Nursing leadership roles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and titles, and provide nurses with the ability to lead their fellow nurses through higher titles and responsibilities. Nursing leaders may work as managers and control nursing units within a large setting like a hospital. They may choose to work as care coordinators and help design and implement policies and treatments for patients. They may also choose to work as nursing directors and take charge of all the nurses in a particular medical facility. This role is typically a highly stressful one and requires a lot of responsibility within that chosen profession. Nursing leadership roles can require long hours and it may even be necessary to work after hours.

Where Nurse Leaders Work

Nursing leaders work at tasks like organizing nursing duties and responsibilities, educating nurses throughout extended training programs, designating codes and policies for nursing staff within a particular medical facility, creating schedules and maintaining their order among the nursing staff, and treating patients. Nursing leadership can be found at all nursing stations including hospitals, military settings, government positions, community and public health roles, private clinics, nursing homes, and anywhere else that nursing staff may require leadership and management.

Some of their most frequent job titles include the following:

  • Assistant Director of Clinical Services
  • Clinical Care Coordinator
  • Director of Patient and Family Relations
  • Regional Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of ICU and Medical Surgical Services

Nurse Educator Careers

Nurse educators work within the academic systems and hospital training settings to assist in the development of new nurses. They might teach 3-year diploma programs within a hospital setting, a 2-year Associate degree through a college, or a 4-year Bachelor of Science in nursing program through an accredited university. Nurse educators may also teach refresher courses for nurses who have been out of the field for some time and want to return to their nursing careers. This kind of schooling would allow them to retake the NCLEX-RN licensing examination or other certification examinations with confidence. Nurse educators may also be in charge of conducting research, maintaining standards within the clinical nursing setting, and a number of other tasks related to nursing and academics.

Nursing educators work to educate other nurses entering or reentering the field, but they also perform a variety of other tasks such as maintaining the clinical standards in a medical institution, writing grant proposals, performing research for laboratories, and evaluating learning curriculum for other nurse educators. In a classroom setting nurse educators must also help nursing students to identify problem areas and surpass expectations within the course, and design and implement a learning plan for in and out of the classroom.

Where Nurse Educators Work

Nurse educators can work in a variety of settings including local hospitals and private practices, training other nurses. They may also work in public and community settings, teaching school-aged children about the specifics of nursing, in community colleges, universities, and as a tutor through online learning programs.

Some of their most frequent job titles include:

  • Clinical Educator
  • Nurse Educator 
  • Occupational Health Nurse Instructor
  • Patient Care Coordinator and Educator
  • Diabetes Consultant

Family Nurse Practitioner Careers

Nurse practitioners are in high demand, not only because of the nursing shortage, but also because of their approach to medicine. The medical field has been evolving and focusing on promoting health and wellness which is exactly the direction nurse practitioners have taken. They devote their time to preventative care, counseling patients on self-management and generally taking a holistic approach. As more patients seek out personalized care, nurse practitioners have become even more necessary.

The philosophy behind a NP role is to focus on holistic, preventative care with personalized treatment for each patient. Because NPs do their clinical training in a specific area, such as family care, they are also able to offer patients with specialized expertise.

On the job, nurse practitioners roles can vary depending on their specialty, but general tasks include:

  • Diagnosing patient illness and other conditions
  • Treating illnesses and conditions
  • Educating and counseling patients
  • Prescribing medication

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner employment is projected to grow 31 percent through 2026, although national long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) points out that nurse practitioners have a solid reputation in providing quality care so job prospects should be strong for the foreseeable future.

Where Family Nurse Practitioners Work

Nurse practitioners can take their pick from a range of workplaces. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics outlines the following industries employed the largest number of nurse practitioners:

  • Physician offices
  • Outpatient care centers
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Home health care services

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