Informatics Nurse Specialist
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The Informatics Nurse Specialist (INS) is is responsible for the assessment, planning, training, implementation, evaluation and optimization of clinical informatics projects/initiatives. INS serves as the primary interface between nursing, allied health, business, compliance, quality, physicians and Information Technology to ensure interdisciplinary project/initiative coordination and standardization. INS also participates in selection, facilitation, communication, development, testing, training and planning regarding system implementations and integration with other Harris Health initiatives. INS is knowledgeable about the nursing workflows, process, nursing practice, relevant regulatory mandates, and principles of quality/safety improvement. INS ensures technology projects/initiatives are planned and implemented using evidence-based practices for planning, understanding, guiding and delivering responsible nursing care resulting in quality patient outcomes. The INS adheres to the ANA Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards of Practice.
Bachelors in Nursing; MSN/Masters in Informatics required; if MSN/Masters in informatics is not held a Postmaster's certificate in Nursing Informatics required.
Licenses & Certification: Registered Nurse, Nursing Informatics Certification
Work Experience: Five (5) years of clinical experience with three (3) years of informatics experience
Above average Verbal Communication (Heavy Public Contact)
Exceptional Verbal (Public Speaking)
Proficiencies: MS Word,MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Outlook, PC, Typing
Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities: Analytical, Design, Medical Terms
Work Schedule: Flexible
Excellent interpersonal communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills
Evidence of ability to function with a high degree of independence while actively collaborating with interdisciplinary health care members providing care for highly complex patients
Excellent analytic skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Knowledge and skills in quality improvement methodologies
Knowledge of the nursing process and nursing practice and policy
Knowledge of inpatient, emergency center, procedural area workflows for nursing
Knowledge of mandates of regulatory and accrediting bodies
Knowledge of workflow mapping for current state and future state processes
Knowledge of current literature that impacts technology/information needs as well as financial management
Equipment Operated: Computer, copier, printer, phone
Benefits and EEOC
Harris Health System benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.
It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.