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Description: what do they do?
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.
Also known as:
Clinical Informatics Analyst, Digital Diabetes Research Officer, Clinical Informatics Nurse, Nursing Informatics Officer, Registered Nurse Clinical Information Systems Coordinator (RN Clinical Information Systems Coordinator), Clinical Informatics Specialist, Nursing Informatics Specialist, Registered Nurse Clinical Information Systems Educator (RN Clinical Information Systems Educator), Clinical Informatics Systems Analyst, Nursing Information Systems Coordinator

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    This information comes from an O*NET database. Learn more on the Help page.

Career video
    Transcript: Since the health care industry has made the move to electronic health records, a lot of tech-savvy nurses have found their niche as Informatics Nurse Specialists. This career combines their experience as nurses with technology know-how to keep up with the industry’s demand for accurate, timely data. These specialists may test new software that helps nurses make healthcare decisions, or create a better structure to store and retrieve patient records. They may develop new policies and procedures for using electronic records software, and train nurses on how to enter patient data. In all they do, they make sure that their electronic healthcare system observes patient privacy standards while meeting the needs of their facility. Informatics nurse specialists work closely with nurses, although their focus is on the needs of patient groups rather than on one-on-one care. They’re likely to have a desk, but use others’ computers for demonstrations or to set up and update new software. Typically, informatics nurse specialists have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and some work experience before entering the field, since it’s easier to train a nurse in electronic health records than to train a technology whiz on health care. As the field grows, more employers will likely seek candidates with advanced degrees in fields like healthcare management. Nurse informatics specialists make sure that medical professionals can obtain critical information at a second’s notice- when they need it the most.
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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • Expected to grow much faster than average


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    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

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Projected employment
United States
633,900
2018 Employment
689,900
2028 Employment
9%
Percent change
53,400
Annual projected job openings
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    State-level data come from Projections Central and each state's Labor Market Information office, 2016-26.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2018-28.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Computer Systems Analysts* in United States
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LocationUnited States
10%$55,180
25%$70,000
Median$90,920
75%$117,120
90%$147,670


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Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • No work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:
You’re seeing education information for Computer systems analysts because we don’t have information for Informatics Nurse Specialists. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Education and training assignments by detailed occupation, 2018.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
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    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Educational attainment for workers 25 years and older by detailed occupation, 2016–17.

Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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Licenses: do you need one?
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Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Communicate project information to others.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Apply information technology to solve business or other applied problems.
  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies.
  • Design healthcare-related software applications.
  • Analyze health-related data.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Develop guidelines for system implementation.
  • Provide recommendations to others about computer hardware.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Train others in computer interface or software use.
  • Conduct research to gain information about products or processes.
  • Design research studies to obtain scientific information.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Provide technical support for software maintenance or use.
  • Install computer software.

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    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Knowledge descriptors.

Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Writing - Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Learning Strategies - Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Systems Evaluation - Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
  • Systems Analysis - Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Instructing - Teaching people how to do something.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.

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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Originality - Creating new and original ideas.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Fluency of Ideas - Coming up with lots of ideas.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Category Flexibility - Grouping things in different ways.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.

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Interests
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.

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Typical tasks
  • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyze and interpret patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes, or structures to assist nurses with data management.
  • Identify, collect, record, or analyze data that are relevant to the nursing care of patients.
  • Develop strategies, policies or procedures for introducing, evaluating, or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
  • Provide consultation to nurses regarding hardware or software configuration.
  • Use informatics science to design or implement health information technology applications to resolve clinical or health care administrative problems.
  • Analyze computer and information technologies to determine applicability to nursing practice, education, administration, and 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.
  • 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.

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