Registered Nurse (Informatics Coordinator)
The Clinical Informatics RN will utilize clinical nursing expertise to optimize utility of patient care software applications, and effectively informs practice regarding electronic documentation issues that directly impact patient care delivery. The Clinical Informatics RN is responsible for identifying and supporting computerization needs related to the Patient Care Service. The Clinical Informatics RN functions as a liaison among PCS staff and computer and software vendors. The Clinical Informatics RN is responsible for the following activities:
Implements application changes (e.g. templates, flowsheets, databases, tables, etc.). Tests changes prior to going into production. Maintains a historical log for the development and implementation of these changes.
Provides training for end users. Training all end user groups will require varied shift work during implementation including work tours during evenings, nights, and weekends. Post implementation, occasional odd tours may be necessary for training purposes, but will be infrequent.
Utilizes organization, critical thinking, leadership, and problem solving skills to address/identify/resolve computer related issues at the facility. Independently identifies and targets technical/computer-related patient documentation concerns to bring about resolution.
Provides a means for and encourages end user staff at their facility to communicate their ideas in regards to improving and customizing electronic documentation. Also gathers data from personal observation to assist in on-going improvement/customization of the applications.
Utilizes a team approach and fosters staff involvement to strongly encourage and give the opportunity for end users to be directly involved in software application evolution. The goal is to provide a custom-fit electronic charting system, a sense of ownership and empowerment, and to foster "buy in" from the primary end users. Collects and forwards user requests through appropriate channels for approval and consensus.
Develops/generates reports from the various databases, as needed, for their facility.
Demonstrates the ability to work independently, to problem-solve, gather and evaluate information relevant to a situation, formulates recommendations in a timely manner and effectively communicates them verbally and via email to appropriate channels.
Tests all new functionality from an end user and support perspective for each upgrade at the facility to be sure workflow, patient care, and primary record management (documentation integrity) remains intact when such changes are made. Tests application changes before "live" use and repairs and/or reports problems as needed.
Assures documentation meets all applicable standards of internal and external accreditation and oversight/review entities (e.g., The Joint Commission, Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Medical Inspector, and the like).
Together with Biomedical Engineering, responsible for backup and restore of databases at the facility.
Responsible for troubleshooting and communicating any HL-7 and database error messages.
Successful nursing practice in the acute care environment is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated professional, leadership and organizational skills.
Strong background and knowledge of Clinical Information Systems and/or automated charting systems.
Basic programming skills.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (Day Shift)
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. OR The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
- Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
- Cover Letter
2. Occupational Questionnaire. (Required)
3. OF 306, Declaration for Federal Employment (Required) (Available at
4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).
5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
6. Any and all supporting documents submitted will be forwarded to the selecting official (no photos accepted).
Current, Permanent VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Employees need only submit their resume, last Non-Award SF-50, and last performance evaluation.