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All About Informatics Nurse Specialists

Position Description 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.

Life As an Informatics Nurse Specialist

  • Inform local, state, national and international health policies related to information management and communication, confidentiality and security, patient safety, infrastructure development and economics.
  • Plan, install, repair or troubleshoot telehealth technology applications or systems in homes.
  • Translate nursing practice information between nurses and systems engineers, analysts, or designers using object-oriented models or other techniques.
  • Design, conduct, or provide support to nursing informatics research.
  • Develop or deliver training programs for health information technology, creating operating manuals as needed.
  • Develop, implement or evaluate health information technology applications, tools, processes or structures to assist nurses with data management.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as an Informatics Nurse Specialist?

Below is a list of the skills most Informatics Nurse Specialists say are important on the job.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Clinical Informatics Director
  • Telehealth Coordinator
  • Health Informatics Advisor
  • Nursing Information Systems Coordinator
  • Clinical Informatics Strategist

Informatics Nurse Specialist Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 600,500 jobs in the United States for Informatics Nurse Specialist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 54,400 new jobs for Informatics Nurse Specialist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 44,900 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Informatics Nurse Specialist are Utah, Colorado, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Ohio, Maine, or Mississippi. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Informatics Nurse Specialist Average Salary

The salary for Informatics Nurse Specialists ranges between about $54,360 and $142,220 a year.

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Informatics Nurse Specialists who work in District of Columbia, New Jersey, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Informatics Nurse Specialists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $84,950
Alaska $70,390
Arizona $88,970
Arkansas $71,990
California $103,930
Colorado $96,030
Connecticut $94,530
Delaware $96,460
District of Columbia $106,790
Florida $85,050
Georgia $91,060
Hawaii $80,100
Idaho $78,550
Illinois $89,370
Indiana $79,750
Iowa $84,300
Kansas $78,520
Kentucky $71,500
Louisiana $72,560
Maine $81,670
Maryland $97,720
Massachusetts $94,510
Michigan $83,900
Minnesota $92,920
Mississippi $66,790
Missouri $83,720
Montana $76,380
Nebraska $77,240
Nevada $80,580
New Hampshire $93,620
New Jersey $107,540
New Mexico $84,660
New York $106,320
North Carolina $93,480
North Dakota $76,110
Ohio $89,420
Oklahoma $79,950
Oregon $89,440
Pennsylvania $95,990
Rhode Island $99,470
South Carolina $80,200
South Dakota $75,810
Tennessee $77,330
Texas $97,900
Utah $84,840
Vermont $80,190
Virginia $102,290
Washington $96,860
West Virginia $74,010
Wisconsin $82,480
Wyoming $77,200

Tools & Technologies Used by Informatics Nurse Specialists

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Informatics Nurse Specialists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Structured query language SQL
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • UNIX
  • MEDITECH software
  • R
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Salesforce software

How to Become an Informatics Nurse Specialist

What kind of Informatics Nurse Specialist requirements are there?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Informatics Nurse Specialists?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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