Most people are aware that the University of Mississippi Medical Center employs a lot of nurses - almost 2,000 - to provide patient care, but the 20-plus nurses who never see a patient face-to-face may be a surprise.
These nurses have set aside their stethoscopes for fast processors and computer keyboards to work behind the scenes, contributing to patient care from in front of computer screens.
They are the nurses of the Division of Information Systems, many of whom are on Epic teams, and their offices are located at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. What they have in common is a love of nursing and technology.
Mary Craft, Epic nursing informatics specialist in the Department of Nursing Quality and Development, is a liaison between Epic (UMMC's electronic health record) and nursing services at the Medical Center. During her 30-year career, she has served as the “TB nurse” for the Hinds County public health department, as a home health-care nurse, as a nursing consultant, as a utilization review nurse and as a case manager at UMMC.
Craft said she has always had an affinity for technology. At one point in her career, her employer was a beta client for a new software vendor.