This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The RN Nurse Informatics contributes to the design and facilitation of multi-disciplinary approaches to promote quality care of patients through the application of Health Informatics (HI). HI is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. HI supports consumers, patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making in all roles and settings. The incumbent reports clinically and administratively to the Associate Chief Nursing Service (ACNS) for Clinical Practice and Professional Development Service (CPPDS). Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; to meet the needs of the patient and program needs Some travel maybe required Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the ongoing implementation and planning, organizing, directing, evaluating and maintaining clinical and administrative computer applications in VISTA which are associated with and serve as part of the electronic medical record. The Informatics Nurse possesses the knowledge and skills to effectively facilitate groups through process analysis and system redesign and to effectively apply all aspects of the nursing process within a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice setting. This enables effective implementation of health promotion and prevention practices, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and attainment of optimal levels of functioning and/or support of the dying patient and family/significant others. Demonstrates sound decision-making and judgment and possesses excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills. Establishes effective relationships with all levels of staff to assist in the development and implementation of information systems and/or programs and procedures that will enhance patient care. Utilizes knowledge, experience, and educational background to examine both routine and highly complex systems and problems and to determine actions necessary to resolve problems related to the use of clinical information systems. This requires collecting data and input from multiple sources in the organization and creating standardized processes for recording and collecting the data. The incumbent effectively interacts with other staff throughout the organization, to gain support for solving problems, making procedural changes or collecting data to gain further information. Serves as a role model and clinical leader to nursing staff for clinical excellence in the use of clinical information systems. Collaborates and consults with multidisciplinary teams in planning, directing, and implementing a patient-centered environment. Systematically evaluates and facilitates change in in the use of clinical information systems. Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating educational activities. Health Care System. Demonstrates familiarity with established policies and procedures and administration of the unit in accordance with the Joint Commission, other regulatory agencies, and VA policy. Ability to articulate and interpret organizational policies and procedures to the health care team in regard to clinical information systems. Functions as one of the key people in the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the standards. Takes initiative and utilizes innovative and creative approaches for changing practice based on performance improvement findings and evidence-based practice. Demonstrates leadership in providing clinical expertise in selecting/supporting new equipment/computer programs/systems used within the facility. Provides training and education on all new equipment, computer programs/systems. Collaborates with management, Chief Nurses, and Medical Directors for program development and resource planning. Collaborates with Nursing Leadership and Clinical Application teams to meet and update staff learning needs with electronic documentation. Acts as a resource and liaison by serving on facility-wide committees, councils, and task forces. Works collaboratively with the Clinical Practice and Professional Development Service, participating as applicable with general educational directives, training, in-services, New Nursing Employee Orientation. May be responsible and assigned to facility programs. Change agent, fosters and demonstrates innovative and creative approaches to problem solving and process improvement. Responsible for educating Nursing staff on their specific population focus at all sites and all tours of duty. Additional duties as assigned.
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