A Day in the Life of a Nurse Informaticist

by | Apr 21, 2022 | Nursing, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Informatics Education, Nursing Innovation | 0 comments

If you’ve wondered what working as an informatics nurse might look like, come check out the free panel discussion sponsored by the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. It’s always interesting to hear what different nurse informaticists are doing!

Topic: I Have the Best Job in the World! A Day in the Life of a Nurse Informaticist

Date/Time: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 05:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Moderated by Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Director of Informatics Innovation and Associate Professor at VUSN, and Associate Professor in the VUMC Dept. of Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Aldrich had the following to say about the panel discussion:

As an informatics nurse specialist, we would like to highlight in our alumni panel the impact and growth the domain of informatics is having within the nursing profession. We think it is a great way for people who are curious about informatics to learn more about what we do day to day.

Register for the VUSN panel discussion on A Day in the Life of a Nurse informaticist

A little more about Dr Aldrich from her bio page at the Vanderbilt Unversity School of Nursing:

Kelly Aldrich   DNP, MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS

Director of Innovation
Associate Professor, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Alumnus CCRN


Dr. Aldrich is a board-certified Informatics Nurse Specialist and has served for over 35 years in clinical, academic, and leadership roles recognized as a senior informatics leader, innovator, and advocate for useful, safe, and effective healthcare transformation. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Informatics Innovation for the Vanderbilt School of Nursing with a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.    

Dr. Aldrich spent the first twenty years of her career at the bedside in cardiac and trauma critical care settings. Driven by a passion and dedication to create a seamless patient-centered care environments supported by functional technology, she pursued further academic training in informatics and executive leadership. She is the former Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for Center for Medical Interoperability; a non-profit organization led by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems. Prior to that, she served as the invited inaugural Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for HCA Healthcare where she successfully created clinical informatics strategic and tactical roadmaps for implementing meaningful and innovative solutions at scale.  

She is engaged in research and informatics innovation learning models reflective in publications advocating for the unique nurse identifier and Digital RN citizen model. Other publications include Informatics for Nursing documentation standards, her model for Blending Education Leadership and Technology (BELT) for highly reliable technology systems in innovation, Interoperability for Better Care, the ANA Nursing Informatics Scope and Standards of Practice revision and most recently her current work with the CDC on Healthcare Trust Data Platforms demonstrating automation of PPE data in burn and predictive needs for the nation.    

With her background in informatics, technology, and innovation and as a Fellow with HIMSS, Dr. Aldrich proudly represents the nursing perspective on HHS/ONC task forces focused on interoperability experience, standards, and contributes to industry advisory councils including HHS National Cybersecurity Future Gazing, Baxter Healthcare Digital Health, and the ANA Innovation Advisory Committee. Additionally, owns and manages an informatics consulting company.


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