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Also known as Nurse Informaticist, these nurses help manage, interpret and communicate vital medical data flowing in and out of doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities. Informatics Nurses usually work in the information systems department of a healthcare organization and are skilled in computer science, information technology and nursing science. As an Informatics Nurse, you can also work to develop medical technology, or train other nurses on the latest systems.

Things You'll Do:

  • Incorporate information technology in clinical settings
  • Perform research based on clinical data and trials
  • Work with information systems to help patients manage their own health
  • Work in biosurveillance, outbreak response and electronic lab reporting
  • Develop storage and analytic technology to optimize data for research

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Managerial
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse. Get clinical experience as a staff nurse, then take continuing education courses in informatics.
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  • Get Your
    Informatics nurse certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Become a
    Informatics Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Pharmaceutical and research facilities
    • Healthcare consulting firms

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $49K - $69K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Although this specialty is a niche area, nurses trained in informatics are highly sought-after.

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