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    Hello all,
    I am currently interviewing for a position as system analyst EMR clinical in which the position required an RN degree. I'll be responsible for collecting the paperwork from the clinic, analysis of the data, doing their system build and putting it into production, being there for the GO LIVE and supporting the clinic through the GO LIVE for 2 weeks after it goes live. At our Hospital we are considered in the IT department and we also have a Nursing Informatics department. Can someone explain to me how they work together and how they are different?
    I will be fortunate that if I get this position I'll be able to go to Madison and have Epic training and be eligible for certifications in the Epic system.
    Thanks for any information
    Last edit by gaylebco on Apr 6, '10
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    Congrats on getting the interview and I know you will do well.
    Also take a look at the post toward the top of the NI Forum titled: "Suggested NI/IT/IS Interview Questions"
    You should also review a copy of the job description and remember you are also interviewing them.

    Now, first I will say that the best one to ask this question of would be the IT and Nursing Informatics Depts that you will be interviewing with, as hospitals may have a similar organizational structure but the roles may be delineated in different ways.

    I will tell you about the models that I have seen and managed.

    At some hospitals the IT dept is where the analysts that support clinical information systems modules (LIS, Clinical documentation, etc) and or provide application support to departments (clinical as well as financial departments) such as -Lab, Pharmacy and or Registration. These "analysts may report to the IT dept. but they are nurses or clinicians.

    The NIs (Nurse Informaticists) are nurses that report to Nursing and support nursing specific applications or areas such as Nursing/Clinical documentation, BCMA (bar code med admin systems), Case Management, etc. You may have NIs who support the pharmacy or surgical depts. or those areas may be supported by IT dept analysts.
    Additionally the clinical systems' trainers/educators can be NI (who report to Nursing or Staff Development) or the IT trainers could be IT analysts (nurses or non- clinicians with any number of other job titles) who report to IT.
    There are also organization models where the Nurse Informaticists reside in and report to the IT dept.
    See, that’s what I meant earlier by the best ones to ask are the organizational representatives you will be interviewing with.


    Good Luck!


    Quote from gaylebco
    Hello all,
    I am currently interviewing for a position as system analyst EMR clinical in which the position required an RN degree. I'll be responsible for collecting the paperwork from the clinic, analysis of the data, doing their system build and putting it into production, being there for the GO LIVE and supporting the clinic through the GO LIVE for 2 weeks after it goes live. At our Hospital we are considered in the IT department and we also have a Nursing Informatics department. Can someone explain to me how they work together and how they are different?
    I will be fortunate that if I get this position I'll be able to go to Madison and have Epic training and be eligible for certifications in the Epic system.
    Thanks for any information
    Last edit by rninformatics on Apr 6, '10 : Reason: cause
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    Thank you so much for the reply. I ahve already gone and looked at the interview questions and the ones i asked here are on my list to ask on Monday. It's a whole new world for nursing and i'm grateful for this opportunity.
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    GREAT, let us know how your interview goes and please continue to come back to the NI Forum to share your experiences in the new role, network and learn about this wonderful specialty!


    Quote from gaylebco
    Thank you so much for the reply. I ahve already gone and looked at the interview questions and the ones i asked here are on my list to ask on Monday. It's a whole new world for nursing and i'm grateful for this opportunity.
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    Actually i was briefly on this site as a student obtaining information to help me in school. I had no idea how large a community allnurses.com was and was very pleased to find this section. I will be back, hopefully next week telling everyone i got the job!
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    Amazingly after 11.5 weeks since i applied, 4 interviews with 7 people, yesterday i was offered the position!!! I'm really excited to get to Madison to start EPIC training. Ambulatory certification is my first goal! Thanks for the support i'm ready to go now!!
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    CONGRATS!!!
    I'll be in Chicago several times in June and July so if you have time and want to drive up to Chicago let me know. We can finally meet in person and do lunch or dinner. E-mail me if thats a possibility and you are not too overwhelmed with the new job start and I assume relocation/move.
    Either way keep us posted on your career progress and continue to use this Forum as the FANTASTIC networking AND learning resource that it is!
    Again CONGRATS!!



    Quote from gaylebco
    Amazingly after 11.5 weeks since i applied, 4 interviews with 7 people, yesterday i was offered the position!!! I'm really excited to get to Madison to start EPIC training. Ambulatory certification is my first goal! Thanks for the support i'm ready to go now!!


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