Published Nov 22, 2010
Are most Nursing Informatics nurses under IT? or under Nursing?
Who does your evaluation?
Kathy, our informatics team is within the Data Processing Dept and we answer to the CIO.
rninformatics, DNP, RN
It varies from organization to organization.
There has also been ongoing debate as to which -reporting to IT/CIO or to the CNO/Nursing, is better.
There are also organizations where the Nurse Informaticists (NI) analysts who build and maintain the systems report to IT and the NIs who train other's to use the systems report to Nursing or Staff Development.
It varies depending on the organizational structure.
Are most Nursing Informatics nurses under IT? or under Nursing?Who does your evaluation?
I started out under the CFO, since we didn't have a CIO....but now that we have a CIO, he is more under the impression that I am really IT.... like should take call to fix things...swap out the server tapes, etc. I don't think he really understands exactly what I do. And I am thinking maybe I should be under the Nursing umbrella more. I am on call all the time to fix nursing computer documentation issues, ordering issues, reset passwords, etc.... I don't also want to be on call to fix jammed printers, and deal with server issues.
WOW, yes Cathy I can understand that there is a need for on-call coverage but it sounds like it needs to be divided between 1)clinical app(support for the critical clinical app issues/areas) and 2) technical support for hardware and network related issues. But not the same person doing both.
Don't your PC techs and or Network Admin take call and get the issues related to the server and printer malfunctions?
They should. Have a talk with your CIO or whomever you report to.
Nope, right now we don't have any IT on call schedule.....so since my phone number is posted in all the nursing areas, I get called all the time for hardware issues. Bar code scanners not scanning, printers not printing, med carts that won't boot up... you name it! Our CIO wants to develop an on call schedule starting the first of the year.
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