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 NR541-61608 Week 3 Position Description Analysis LT

NR541-61608 Week 3 Position Description Analysis


This article examines Nurse Informatics career opportunities and describes how they connect to the various associations of Nurse Informatics (as cited in Scope and Standards of Practice, 2015). Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS), and Nursing Informatics are the three job titles considered for inclusion. Each is detailed and assessed for the components included in the Nurse Informatics (as cited in Scope and Standards of Practice document 2015). Standards of practise, functional areas, and scope of practise are some of the components that have been focused on. Evidenced based recommendations for improvement in the job description in relation to how it could best incorporate the scope of practice, functional areas and practice standards is included. The insight gained from completing this assignment is summarized in the conclusion.

Job Descriptions

Current RN licensure, current basic life support, three to five years of clinical nursing experience, and past teaching experience are all required for the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer position. This position necessitates knowledge of nursing theory and practise, as well as problem-solving and problem-resolution skills, written and verbal communication skills, quality improvement skills, professional communication and team collaboration, advanced computer skills, and the ability to keep information confidential.  (see Appendix for complete proof).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing or a Master of Information Systems, Master of Business Administration, or a comparable discipline is required for an Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS). ten years of clinical nursing or clinical information experience

NR541-61608 Week 3 Position Description Analysis LT

five years of managerial expertise leading interdisciplinary teams and projects in technology The American Nurse Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Informatics Nurse Administration Certification is suggested. Customer service, planning, critical thinking, and time management abilities are required. (see Appendix for complete proof).

The Nursing Informatics requirements include a Master’s Degree in Nursing, a specialisation in Informatics, a minimum of three years of hospital-based patient care experience, and a minimum of three years of clinical information system experience. Experience with the deployment of clinical information systems is a plus. Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities, as well as planning, organising, and directing skills, will be required of the successful candidate. The candidate must be fluent in all Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as excellent abilities in systematic programme formulation, analysis, and result assessment. (see Appendix for complete proof).


The scope of practise of nursing informatics, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA), includes the framework of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom (DIKW) integrated with nursing, computer, information, and cognitive sciences to deliver and optimise information technology to present information in a way that augments decision making and, ultimately, improves patient care and population well-being. (ANA [American Nurses Association], 2008, p. 1) Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Director of Clinical Informatics, and Director of Nursing Informatics are all positions that need three to 10 years of patient care expertise (see Appendix for complete proofs). This expertise is consistent with the scope of practise in nursing informatics, which calls for the Informatics nurse specialist (INS) to be trained in the nursing process in order to build, deploy, and modify informatics project delivery systems (Moen & Knudsen, 2013, section III). Each job description includes language that supports the DIKW framework, sciences, and decision-making assistance for healthcare professionals.

Each job description includes essential characteristics such as knowledge of nursing concepts and/or abilities in identifying issues and suggesting solutions. For example, the INFORMATICS NURSE SPECIALIST (INS) and the Director of Nursing Informatics (see Appendix for complete proofs) have language about facilitating, developing, and implementing evidence-based practices and promoting nursing standards with respect to the concept, processes, and execution methodologies of health information systems (see Appendix for complete proofs) (Weston & Roberts, 2013, para. 21).

NR541-61608 Week 3 Position Description Analysis LT

Each job description’s functional categories fit into one or more of the ANA Nurse Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice functional areas (2008). The major responsibility of the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (see Appendix for detailed proof) is Coordination, Facilitation, and Integration. According to the job description, the Informatics Clinician is responsible for activities linked to the use of application systems and ensures that the system satisfies the facility’s functional demands. According to ANA (2008), this role’s tasks include system installation and functioning as a connection between users and IT. Effective communication skills are critical in this position. The Director of Clinical Informatics and the Director of Nursing Informatics are both part of the Administration, Leadership, and Management functions, but they also work in Coordination, Facilitation, and Integration. According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), an Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS) in management may oversee an installation as well as execute project management. When it comes to establishing strategic plans, the informatics leader frequently acts as a facilitator.

ANA nursing (2008) The knowledge, skills, and judgements utilised by the informatics nurse in problem solving or the nursing process are represented by Standards of Practice. Collaboration, in particular, is a norm of behaviour that appears in all three job descriptions. Nursing informatics (NI) is a dynamic field, and as it develops, it will face problems in terms of information delivery, organisational structures, and creative care delivery. It is critical that INSs collaborate with patients, their families, nurses, information technology, physicians, and others throughout the care continuum to investigate and build health information systems using a variety of approaches and for new objectives (Moen & Knudsen, 2013, p. 90). This standard’s measurement requirements include cooperation, creating healthy work environments, and maintaining innovation and adaptability during times of transition. The INS requires the capacity to coordinate a plan across several locations, as well as among caregivers and other stakeholders (ANA, 2008). The three job descriptions involve change, planning and directing others.

NR541-61608 Week 3 Position Description Analysis LT

Job DescriptionScope of PracticeFunctional AreaStandards of Practice
Chief Nursing Informatics Officerknowledge of nursing theory and skills in identifying problems and recommending solutions. Three years clinical nurse experience.Clinicians main role falls within that of Coordination, Facilitation, and Integration and crosses into Administration, Leadership, and ManagementStandard Practices and higher expectations of the INSLifelong Learning
INFORMATICS NURSE SPECIALIST (INS)understands the nursing process in order to facilitate the development and implementation of evidenced based practicePrimarily the role falls within Administration, Leadership, and Management but crosses over into Coordination, Facilitation, and Integration.Standard Practices and higher expectations of the INS,Lifelong Learning
Informatics Nurse Iserves as an expert and advocate for nursing standards with regard to system content, associated processes and implementation methodologyPrimarily the role falls within Administration, leadership and Management but crosses over into Coordination, Facilitation, and Integration.Standard Practices and higher expectations of the INSLifelong Learning


(Hill, McGonigle et al., 2014) mention the level 3 (L3) INSs and level 4 (L4) Nurse Informatics Innovator skills (NII). The Director of Clinical Informatics is an INS or NII position that requires “an innovative leader in nursing informatics who can inform nursing practise, improve patient care, and advance the nursing profession” (Hill, McGonigle, Hunter, Sipes, & Hebda, 2014, p. 105). The Director of Clinical Informatics’ competencies rely largely on INS and the NII’s ability to conduct ongoing knowledge evaluations and a commitment to lifelong learning. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) (2014) reports that the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) (2008) Scope and Standards of Practice do not clearly define the responsibilities of INs and INSs. The Director of Clinical Informatics job description should state clearly that this is a job for the INS or NII who will serve in a variety of roles to assist everyone in the healthcare profession in improving patient care, producing better outcomes, and ultimately lowering costs through the use of health information technology. The fact that this position necessitates 10 years of clinical experience demonstrates the importance of knowing the nursing process in accordance with the ANA’s (2008) scope of practise.


The scope of nursing informatics practices, standards of practise, and functional domains are wide and constantly changing. The INS’ competences necessitate not just a Master’s or Ph.D., but also a commitment to continual self-assessment and education. The INS’s competency measures are constantly being revised, and instruments to assess competency levels are continually being created. This project has given me insight into the endless potential of technological advancements that will alter the healthcare environment. As nurses, we have a unique opportunity to shape how new information technologies are used to enhance healthcare.


American Nurses Association. (2008). Nursing Informatics: Scope and standards of practice.

Silver Spring, MD: Nursesbooks.org.

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Informatics Nurse I  [Job openings]. (2014). Retrieved from http://job- openings.monster.com/monster/a92e3961-85b3-49e6-a3c8-a457c504ed4b

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (2014). RE: ANA Public Comment: Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition [White paper]. Retrieved from http://himss.cms-plus.com/files/HIMSS_Response%20to 20ANA%20NI


Hill, T., McGonigle, D., Hunter, K., Sipes, C., & Hebda, T. L. (2014, May 4). An Instrument for assessing advanced nursing informatics competencies. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4(7), 104-112. https://doi.org/http://job- openings.monster.com/monster/f6cbcf67-c366-4462-a782-bce8f284a6f7

Moen, A., & Knudsen, L. (2013, June 30). Nursing Informatics: Decades of Contribution to Health Informatics. Healthcare Informatics Research, 19(2), 86-92. https://doi.org/10.4258/hir.2013.19.2.86

Weston, M., & Roberts, D. W. (2013, September 30). The Influence of Quality Improvement Efforts on Patient Outcomes and Nursing Work: A Perspective from Chief Nursing Officers at Three Large Health Systems. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 18. https://doi.org/10.3912/OJIN.Vol18No03Man02


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