Nursing Informatics
Master of Science in Nursing

MSN in Nursing Informatics

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The MSN Nursing Informatics specialization presents contemporary models, theories, research, and best practices for providing nursing care across the lifespan using various health care technologies. The specialization immerses learners into the world of health informatics and explores the depth and breadth of health information systems and how they influence strategic planning, decision making, and clinical project management. The specialization curriculum emphasizes best practices in health informatics essentials, including patient safety, electronic medical records, workflow, meaningful use, change management, and the health information system life cycle.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Interpret clinical nursing practice through the lens of nursing informatics
  • Integrate concepts of meaningful use into nursing informatics practice
  • Lead the nursing informatics lifecycle
  • Communicate effectively in multiple formats using appropriate information systems and technology
  • Optimize workflow to maximize the impact of nursing informatics
  • Integrate information technology to align with nursing practice

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Clinical analyst
  • Consultant
  • Clinical informatics specialist
  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Nurse manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Clinical manager
  • Chief nursing officer
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse supervisor

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Health insurance company
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Home health care agency
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Consulting Firm

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 

Accreditation

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.