30 minutes | Nov 12th 2020

What nurse leaders need to know about informatics

Informatics is a quickly growing field in the nursing world, and yet there is often confusion about what exactly informaticists do and how their work intersects with clinical nurses. Our guest for this episode is Tammy Kwiatkoski, director of clinical informatics for HIMSS. She’s here to dispel some of the mystery around this role, speak to why informatics is an attractive career path for nurses and what kind of skills are needed to break into the field. We also talk about how nurse leaders can partner with their colleagues in informatics to deliver better patient care.  Tammy and Dr. Nurse Dan also speak about the impact that COVID-19 has had in her world. When the pandemic began, nurse informaticists at many health systems quickly stepped in to configure telemedicine tools, update documentation procedures, secure translators and ensure patients could receive virtual care, giving this role a new urgency literally overnight.  Links to recommended reading:  HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey  Nursing Informatics Community  The full transcript for this episode can be found here: https://www.trustedhealth.com/the-handoff-podcast/tammy-kwiatkoski  
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