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Nursing Informaticist

Position: Nursing Informaticist

Overview:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide a Nursing Informatics resource for York Hospital to assist with the evolution and implementation of the electronic medical record. As a resource, the informatics nurse provides on-going user education and informatics support for various teams and committees throughout the facility. This position provides direction and oversight for clinical systems, process design, data management and related processes. The informatics nurse serves as a liaison between the Nursing Department and Information Systems Department.

Job duties and Responsibilities:
Develops and delivers on-going user education and communication to maintain user competency related to clinical systems.
Coordinates and leads the planning and delivery of conversion education for clinical staff in the deployment of new technology and system upgrades.
Coordinates the development, delivery, and evaluation of nursing staff education related to the Clinical Information Systems and electronic medical record.
Coordinates with the Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education the training provided during new employee orientation to support competency of new users in their use of Information Systems.
Maintains on-going user support structure. Provides opportunities for users to verbalize concerns and suggest potential improvements related to the use of information systems.
Evaluates the impact that information systems have on daily user workflow.
Coordinates work with users and the Information Systems department to resolve conflicts between workflow and clinical information systems.
Supports staff to use technology in a manner which promotes maintenance of patient safety and confidentiality.
Coordinates and facilitates on-going clinical information systems testing and evaluation including: user accuracy, data integrity, and system reliability. Develops and implements action plans as needed to support user accuracy, data integrity and system reliability.
Participates in post implementation change evaluation and supports users in maintaining changed processes.
Participates in interdisciplinary and process improvement teams to identify potential future uses of the information systems and potential improvements in the current use of the systems.
Serves as a nursing informatics resource, to individuals and teams throughout the hospital.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends and advances in the field of Nursing and Healthcare Informatics, as well as new developments in related Technology solutions.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of nursing practices, regulatory standards, and organizational direction. Utilizes this knowledge in supporting users and process teams.
Translates end user needs into system optimizations
Serves as a resource for clinical staff regarding clinical information systems
Recommends innovative ideas, processes, and/or procedures for enhancements, additions, and modifications to improve existing systems
Provides ongoing management of clinical informatics systems
Acts as a liaison between clinicians and the Information Services Team and collaborates to update the clinical information systems, troubleshoot hardware/software problems, and coordinate downtime events
Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and improve efficiencies associated with clinical systems and related workflows
Supports the improvement of clinical outcomes and clinician efficiency
Coordinates performance improvement, quality, and patient safety initiatives as related to clinical practice and information systems
Plays an active role as a project team member and may assume a lead role in a variety of projects

Qualifications:
This position requires current Maine R.N. licensure.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing or related field required, Masters preferred.
Certification in Nursing Informatics preferred.
Requires skill levels typically acquired in 5 years of clinical nursing practice and 2 years in Informatics.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft office applications.
Possess a basic understanding of integrated clinical systems.
Proven experience using integrated electronic medical records
Must have highly developed, written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.

Certification/License:
Current Maine R.N. licensure
Certification in Nursing Informatics preferred

Physical Requirements:

Occupational Hazards:

Reporting: Reports to Chief Nursing Officer

KEY BEHAVIORAL ATTRIBUTES:
Accountability
Holds self and staff accountable for meeting objectives and commitments as well as adhering to standards even in the face of unforeseen circumstances
Organizes, prioritizes and coordinates time and resources to improve efficiency
Demonstrates initiative, recognizing and embracing opportunities for improvement
Plans and prioritizes best method for accomplishing short and long term goals

Teamwork
Fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative relationships within unit(s) or areas of responsibility
Facilitates the constructive management of conflict
Assumes accountability for translating the hospital, departmental, and unit strategic plan to staff, ensuring support of the plan, and helps modify the plan in response to changing internal and external factors.
Able to design and manage multi-disciplinary team(s) to develop and effectively meet goals.
Organizes and leads or participates in multi-disciplinary group processes.

Coaching & Education
Provides coaching and education (or facilitates) to nursing management staff so that they can meet/exceed performance expectations
Actively develops talent, encouraging and facilitating employees' participation on departmental and hospital-wide activities that provide opportunities for development

Personal Integrity
Ability to make difficult decisions in the face of conflicting demands and interests
Is open, honest, and trustworthy; publicly admits, when appropriate, having made a mistake

Agent for Change
Readily adapts to change and welcomes new approaches when circumstances demand it
Enthusiastic and optimistic and displays a can do attitude
Takes calculated risks and encourages others to do so
Clearly defines resources required and time lines to achieve goal(s).

Analytical Thinking
Able to organize the parts of a problem or situation by breaking it apart into smaller pieces, making systematic comparisons of different features or aspects and taking a step-by-step approach to resolve
Anticipates obstacles and thinks ahead about next steps

Leadership Effectiveness
Ability to establish goals and objectives to achieve the mission and vision
Ability to facilitate involvement and participation on the part of key stakeholders (e.g. staff involvement in committee, project work)
Ability to engender support from subordinates, peers, and superiors to achieve positive outcomes

Communication
Active listener, listens carefully to others, actively solicits input from other
Expresses ideas clearly and effectively, responds to issues raised by others, ensures that people get the information they need to do their jobs, provides feedback on performance



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