Chris Nemets - Member Profile

Chris Nemets is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for Sparrow Health System which is a six-hospital community based academic medical center in Lansing, Michigan. She is a registered nurse who has twenty-three years of experience as an organizational leader. She is responsible for providing visionary leadership and establishing direction for a comprehensive informatics program, with a primary focus on care quality, nursing practice, administration, research, and academic partnership in support of interdisciplinary patient-driven care. She innovates current clinical practice workflows through deep understanding of informatics systems capabilities to assist providers in delivering efficient and effective care.

Chris develops and leads a training and informatics program for the entire health system with its focus on deploying operational improvements through technology with an emphasis on advancing clinical evidence-based practice. She has been featured in articles reviewing technology and its impact on patient care including, The Hospitalist, “Are you getting the most out of your EHR?” and Epic “Power of the Peer.” has also spent time as a clinical instructor for nursing students at a local college and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

I have always been an individual who cares deeply for others and has a drive to make a difference in people’s lives. Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to do exactly that. At the end of the day, being able to say I made a difference by easing someone’s suffering is a privilege. As my nursing career continued, I easily gravitated towards innovation and technology. This was an emerging field where nurses could combine their clinical knowledge with technology to improve the quality of patient care. The idea of improving healthcare systems by connecting people, process, and technology was exciting to me. The health and information technology field has given me the opportunity to interact with different clinicians and explore the ability to help them gather information and use technology to help patients reach better outcomes. It is fast paced and ever changing which makes it very exciting to me.

The ability to make a difference in individual’s lives daily is my top motivator. This started out early in my career with hands on care through bedside nursing, and today it’s helping others take care of patients by giving them the necessary tools and support to do so. The ability to grow and change as the profession grows and changes. Nursing today gives opportunities that were never there 20 years ago. Nursing is a very diverse field and health informatics is just one branch of that growing field. As my career has grown into leadership, being able to be a role model for others to grow and achieve their goals effectively.

Knowing that I can make a difference in other people’s lives each day I come to work. Helping individuals be the best that they can be daily and helping them realize their potential.

Start out small and dream big. My nursing career started at the very basics from nursing assistant to manager to director to chief. This has given me invaluable experiences to build upon and become the best I can be. Being relentless and knowing your goals is very important. Never be afraid to try new things even though you may know nothing about it. I would have never been the CNIO if I hadn’t tried something I knew nothing about.

Winning the Davies Award was a huge accomplishment for my career. It was exciting to have the collaborative, innovative, and evidence-based work that was done to provide quality, safe care to patients be recognized.

Raimi Abiodun was a mentor that gave me the advice that has stuck with me throughout my career. “You have to love the people you work with and who work for you.”

Scrapbooking, Travel, Family time.

I love what I am doing now and how I am making a difference.

Napping with my four cats on a rainy afternoon.

I own a 1932 Ford Roadster that is Barbie Pink. My dad and I built it 15 years ago.