Nurses’ Evolving Role in Informatics During the Digital Transformation Era

Wednesday, April 19 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CT
South Building, Level 5 | S501

There have been major technological shifts taking place in healthcare requiring tremendous amount of resource allocations towards technology, staffing and regulatory compliance. One of the ongoing and most costly investments is human resources which has been especially challenging post COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss strategies to empower nurses as they navigate through the rapid changes of high-tech healthcare in the 21st century. This session will address the current workforce crisis around employee retention and wellbeing, clinician burnout, career and workforce development, equity, inclusion among other pertinent topics with user-centered design in mind. We will examine the role of the informaticist which offers value to the healthcare industry (education, practice, industry), discuss mentoring opportunities through role transitions, and offer resources applicable to facilitate professional development in informatics (in education, in practice, in industry).

Learning Objectives

  • Define roles of the nurse informaticist, which offer value to the healthcare industry, such as in education, clinical practice, and industry
  • Identify opportunities to support role transitions in nursing, which consist of innovative and alternative clinical professional pathways as a retention strategy within the healthcare workforce
  • Discuss resources applicable to facilitate professional development in informatics education, practice, and industry
Clinical Informaticist, Nurse or Nurse Practitioner, Professor/Academician


Kathleen McGrow, DNP, MS, PMP, RN
Chief Nursing Information Officer
Microsoft Corporation
MaryAnn Connor, CPHIMS, MSN, RN, RN-BC
Director, Nursing Informatics
Olga Kagan, PhD, RN, FHIMSS, NYAM Fellow
Consortial Faculty & Adjunct Professor
CUNY School of Professional Studies & Molloy University