Kaiser Permanente Nurse Informaticist, RN - Portland, OR in Portland, Oregon

The Nurse Informaticist position, in the Department of Clinical Informatics, is responsible for defining clinical workflows and operational procedures to support the technical, cultural and process changes necessary for successful implementation and optimization of the electronic health record. This position provides facility vision and direction for clinical computer systems, devices that interface with KP HealthConnect (KPHC), and data management. The Nurse Informaticist serves as a mentor for the Clinical Informatics Specialists in leadership and technical skills.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Leadership: Partners with the Director of Clinical Informatics to provide strategic representation of the Informatics Department within hospital leadership committees and task forces. Mentors and develops colleagues in leadership and technical skills. Participates in the recruitment of staff. Supports the work of the KPHC Application Teams. Demonstrates leadership practices, which influence others so that the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the various clinical teams and the KPHC teams are achieved. Utilizes systems thinking and role modeling so that demonstrated expertise is available to colleagues. Provide systems thinking expertise in facilitating review of KPHC changes and downstream impacts. Plays a key role in helping to establish and maintain professional clinical relationships within the hospital system and ensure credibility among stakeholders. Serves as a role-model for KPHC to clinical staff and managers (nursing, ancillary departments, physicians, support staff, case management, etc.), which will include working directly with customers to solicit feedback from a variety of venues: presentations, training sessions, small groups, and demonstrations of system software.

  • Change Leader / Educator: Conducts educational in-services, collaborates with members of the health care team and to provide education as needed. Participates in centralized nursing education and education of other clinicians as needed. Represents professional nursing practice to assure that designed workflows are appropriate and will effectively manage system-wide cross-functional teams to support collaboration and encourage acceptance of and enthusiasm for changes associated with implementation and optimization of the Epic system. Recognizes the impact of change and strategically plans communication and education and functions as a clinical expert to assure clinical adoption across the system. Coordinates the subject matter experts to test complex system changes or system integration issues , direct training materials content, anticipate workflow impact and solutions.

  • Documentation Process Management: Understands the technical capabilities of our current systems to facilitate clinical process redesign and continued improvement. Guides the creation of processes, within the system capabilities, to collect record and share patient information, reduce redundancy, and standardize clinical practice and documentation. Maintains current understanding of regulatory compliance and actively participates in improving processes reviewed by accrediting organizations. Collaborates closely with other KPHC module areas to form an integrated approach in establishing a process for managing the complex documentation tools in the KPHC environment. To sustain efficient current and future functionality, provide leadership and direction for operational stakeholders and information for new version upgrades, system integration issues, optimization of current functionality, and incorporation of new modules in the KP HealthConnect business and clinical systems. Provides clinical review and approval in all aspects of design, implementation and maintenance of ongoing changes to the patient care data management system that impact clinical users. Effectively integrates all aspects of patient care documentation into a patient care data management system utilizing KPHC as the primary tool including the technical, cultural, process, knowledge, coordination, political and communication components. Utilizes critical analysis to plan, problem solve, and mitigate risk in the deployment of clinical modules or functions, such as bar-coding or new modules and work process transformations related therein.

  • Interdisciplinary Team Leader: The role requires a deep understanding of the clinical documentation framework shared by multiple disciplines. Integrates the interdisciplinary documentation effectively and efficiently within the system parameters. Provide feedback and collaborate on policy and procedure updates based on documentation framework as needed.

  • Reporting and Quality Measures: Participate in process for clinical report design and validation for reporting group. Serve in a support capacity for report writers and viewers to promote best practices. Consult with report requesters to provide guidance on most useful methods to define data for different reporting mechanisms. Define, measure, analyze and communicate project metrics. Analyze and interpret data into meaningful conclusions and recommendations for improvements. Prepare presentations and reports for varied audiences that include results and actionable recommendations.

  • Continuing Professional Development: Keeps up to date with EEHR New Version training on the required schedule. Attends computer related classes to manage assigned projects. Demonstrates self-motivation, take on projects/tasks willingly, act on opportunities to improve or gain knowledge and contributes new ideas in a constructive manner. Demonstrates respect, professional behavior and confidentiality in meeting customer needs. Demonstrates cooperation, adaptability, flexibility, effective communication and dependability in supporting team goals. Attends classes, seminars and other training forums as appropriate.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum two (2) years of clinical RN experience.


  • Master's degree in nursing, healthcare administration, education, business, public administration OR six (6) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • Current Oregon or Washington RN license in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer.

  • Certified/Proficient in 1 Epic module which is of a clinical nature required upon hire/transfer.

  • ANCC or HIMSS certification in informatics or specialty assigned required within one (1) year of hire/transfer.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience implementing an electronic medical record, preferably Epic.

  • Ability to function effectively in a dynamic team environment.

  • Ability to work in a highly autonomous role by demonstrating self-motivation and creativity in design approach.

  • Ability to proactively pursue problem resolution to satisfy customer needs.

  • Ability to manage multiple complex tasks efficiently while successfully meeting assigned deadlines.

  • Working knowledge of hospital operations and the patient care process. Experience implementing technology that promotes fundamental changes in clinical settings.

  • Demonstrated skills in complex project management.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage multidisciplinary teams through influence and collaboration.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of computer applications in business settings.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Must exhibit efficiency, collaboration, candor, openness, and results orientation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum three (3) years of experience using at least one (1) of the Epic suite of application products or completion of Epic certification in an application(s), preferred.

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience at Kaiser Permanente, preferred.

  • Certified/Proficient in Epic module or application sup-component that is clinical in nature

  • Demonstrated experience leading a large multidisciplinary project to successful completion, preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience with office software, e.g., Power Point, Excel, Word and/or MS Project, Visio, preferred.

  • Direct experience implementing business information systems in the Northwest region, preferred.

  • Knowledge of functional areas and/or systems analysis, preferred.

  • Knowledge of research and analyses/design, preferred.

  • Demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, preferred.

  • Public speaking skills, preferred.

  • Nursing Informatics certification or degree.


TITLE: Nurse Informaticist, RN - Portland, OR

LOCATION: Portland, Oregon


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.