“Nurses: Inspire, Innovate and Influence” – Nuance celebrates National Nurses Week

We, at Nuance, join the American Nurses Association, the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, the American Nursing Informatics Association and numerous others in celebrating National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Nursing Informatics Day (May 12). This year’s theme, Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence is most fitting as we celebrate the impact nurses have on patient care, clinical transformation and the evolution of Healthcare Information Technology.

First and foremost, I am honored to work in a profession that Americans have rated most honest and ethical for 16 consecutive years. From the bedside to the boardroom, nurses continue to be a trusted resource and vital part of the healthcare system and transformation initiatives.

As a Registered Nurse and Nurse Informaticist, I am inspired by the role nurses play in research, innovation and leveraging clinical knowledge, skills and expertise to influence the way technology is developed and deployed across the continuum of care to enhance care delivery, clinical outcomes and drive cost savings. Nurses and Nurse Informaticists are leveraging their expertise to innovate and enable improved quality, cost savings and productivity in a variety of roles to impact population health, patient and family engagement, decreased variations in care, enhanced care coordination, and Meaningful Use for the organization and populations served.

Some believe Nurse Informaticists focus solely on nursing related care, documentation, technology and workflows, but that is not the case. Nurse Informaticists support nurses, patients, the interprofessional care team, consumers and other stakeholders in their decision-making in all roles and settings to achieve desired outcomes. Nurse Informaticists facilitate the strategic and cross-organizational vision as instrumental liaisons between Information Technology, care teams, administrative teams and patient care. The application of Nursing Informatics knowledge is empowering for all healthcare practitioners in achieving patient and family-centered care while improving clinical and financial outcomes for the organization. Nurse Informaticists work as developers of communication and information technologies, chief nursing/nursing informatics officers, researchers, educators, chief information officers, software engineers, implementation or optimization consultants, policy developers, and business owners to advance healthcare technology, deployment, optimization and adoption.

Through my role at Nuance, I have the privilege to collaborate with many key internal and external stakeholders to facilitate research and development that contributes to new solutions, methodologies, best practices and creates new baselines, to enhance current technology-enabled solutions and to innovate on longer-term visions to ensure technology improves care delivery, clinical and financial outcomes while mitigating clinician burnout in alignment with key industry transformation initiatives. Technology should facilitate what clinicians seek to do best – take care of patients and the communities they serve. Stay tuned, as we’ll be sharing some first-of-its kind research with you soon that was facilitated collaboratively by both nursing and medical informaticists.

I was asked many years ago if I missed direct patient care and impacting their health and well-being. Without a second thought, I responded, “My goal is to impact the lives of millions of patients, family caregivers, and clinicians through technology-enabled solutions while alleviating the pain points I felt as a nurse, member of the care team and family member of the patient many years ago. My passion to make a positive impact on healthcare delivery on a global level for clinicians, patients, and families by leveraging technology is what drives me each day as I collaborate with my colleagues and our clients.”

The Nuance team wishes you continued success as you harness your expertise and passion to inspire, innovate and influence the transformation of healthcare and impact the patients and communities you serve each day.

From our Nuance healthcare family to yours,

Happy Nurses Week and Nursing Informatics Day!

Terri Mitchell

About Terri Mitchell

Terri Mitchell, MSN, RN-BC, is director of healthcare strategy & clinical innovation for Nuance healthcare solutions where she works closely with executives, product management, R&D, marketing, sales and professional services. As a recognized leader in automating real-time surveillance, clinical decision support and analytics at the point of care, Terri is actively engaged in evaluating technology and services with a focus on clinical informatics solutions that support healthcare organizations in leveraging existing technology investments to capture and translate data into insightful, actionable information to improve quality, efficiency and financial outcomes while supporting both clinician and patient experiences. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of clinical settings spanning the continuum of care. ANCC Board Certified in Informatics Nursing, Terri has spent more than 15 years in various clinical leadership roles providing consulting, strategy, and product development support for vendors, payers, and healthcare organizations to leverage data and health information technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency and cost of care.