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Web site spotlight: Get in the know about your nurse informaticist

Nurse Leader Insider, March 15, 2010

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Guest writer Carol Anne Kozik, CAS, MS, FNP discusses the roles of nurse informaticists.

Imagine a gallon bucket three-quarters full with loose Lego blocks. Your job is to sort the blocks by shape and color to detect patterns and trends. Every two and a half minutes, the bucket is shaken and you begin all over again. Does this sound like a frustrating and impossible job? This scenario resembles the work of a staff nurse processing information throughout a clinical day.

Nursing informatics can help you and your staff nurses get your Lego blocks—isolated points of data—in order. It focuses on organizing isolated points of data to create meaningful patterns of information and knowledge so that the nurse can efficiently and safely make meaningful, evidence-based decisions.

Understanding the nurse informaticist's responsibilities and understanding a successful informatics system will help increase the time staff spends with patients.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit “Get in the know about your nurse informaticist" found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article to learn how to help bridge the gap between generations by using creative education or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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