20 FOCUS ON EDUCATION | 2018 | www.advanceweb.com INFORMATICS  |  FOCUS ON EDUCATION A s early as her undergraduate years, Nicole Mohiuddin, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, knew she was destined for a career as an informatics nurse. However, at the same time, she also had an epiphany that if she was indeed going to be effective in such a role that she would need to begin her career at the bedside to gain a well- rounded clinical perspective. So she plotted a course that would allow her to dabble in that digital desire she had developed so early in her career while also ensuring that she could meet the needs of those patients she was caring for at the bedside. “I tried to be the one who always took responsibility for teaching the doctors and other nurses whom I worked with about various new types of technology that we had available,” said Mohiuddin, whom today works as a senior information technology (IT) analyst for the University of Virginia Health System. “Some people kind of fall into jobs like this, but I knew from the time that I was in my bach- elor’s program that I was going to go into the informatics field. I knew that it was for me, and today it has led me into many different types of roles. ”Those roles have included titles like direc- tor of clinical information systems and direc- tor of clinical informatics, for which she has assumed such duties as planning and evaluat- ing automation strategies for clinical IT equip- ment, directing electronic medical record (EMR) implementation, bar coding medica- tion administration, and managing the selec- tion and utilization of IT services through management of vendor relationships for clin- ical technologies. In her current role, she’s responsible for implementing technologies that affect clinicians in multiple areas of care. She also provides hands-on management of various clinical applications, including the implementation and maintenance of real-time location systems (RTLS) that are utilized to identify and track the location of patients, staff members, and equipment with immediacy. “I use the RTLS every day, for example try- ing to locate items such as ventilators, wheel- chairs, IV pumps, crash carts — any of our high-dollar-amount assets that might need to be tracked quickly through the way-finding system,” said Mohiuddin. She recently spoke with ADVANCE to discuss how RLTS systems have continued to play a role in her career, even if she was willing to take her time finding her path. “Many people think about technology as just EMRs and online charting, but today, cer- tainly, technology affects us in so many facets of our everyday life (as clinicians),” she said. “There are hand-held devices, there are wear- ables, and there’s implementation of RTLS sys- tems into body systems, such as tracking pills for medication adherence, for example.” FINDING THE WAY WITH TECHNOLOGY Mohiuddin can remember a time when she and her fellow clinicians would have to search, Career Perspective: Finding a path into nursing informatics By Joe Darrah