Memorial Heroes: Adrien Munoz, clinical nursing informatics and meaningful use coordinator

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January 15, 2021

What is your official title?

Clinical nursing informatics and meaningful use coordinator.

How long have you worked here at Memorial Medical Center?

13 years.

How did you come into this position?

During the hospital’s transition from paper to electronic charting, I was elected to step off the floor as a bedside nurse to become a full-time super user for the hospital. I worked with staff and providers to bring the hospital into compliance with electronic charting. The acting informaticist at the time, Dana Wright, took notice of my abilities and requested that I also train in his duties. I trained with him for about two years before returning to the bedside in the ICU. When he left, I was asked to interview for the position, and they felt I would be natural fit.

What was your motivation for a career in healthcare?

My mother was one of my motivators. She was a nurse here at Memorial Medical Center for 23 years. Seeing what she did day in and day out and the effect it had on the lives of her patients as well as the community really inspired me. It was the small things she did, like holding the hand of a dying patient who had no family as they took their last breath so they would not be alone in that moment, that drove me to want to help others. I started small as a home health aide and then worked for my RN. I wanted to follow in her footsteps. On that note, you can say I am second-generation Memorial employee, and this is my family as well as my workplace.

What is a typical day like for you?

I spend a lot of my day simply communicating with staff and providers. I assist with documentation, education, ordering, etc. I also coordinate with our leaders on both the local and corporate level to create and update our processes regarding documentation, data collection and transmitting and reporting our facilities meaning full use number. The major part of my job would be building and maintaining the nursing documentation screens in Meditech. My most recent projects include the creation of new documentation screens that aid staff in the care of our COVID patients.

How would you describe your role’s responsibilities?

I coordinate and assist in the implementation and maintenance of the hospital’s clinical information system (Meditech). I also act as the liaison between the IT department, nursing department, and corporate support departments, as well as with other ancillary departments and instillation teams to assure that our frontline staff and governing bodies have the information and resources they need.  In addition, I am the backup for the physician support coordinator.

In what areas do you help patients?

I help patients by providing nursing staff with a template in the form of structured documentation that guides each RN on what to look for and document on during their assessment process. I also provide those frontline staff members with easy access to other clinical recourses in order to better provide care and information to their patients in the forms of quick access ordering and education. 

What are some of your interests outside of work?

Family is number one: I have four wonderful daughters and an amazing wife I enjoy spending time with. Our primary love as a family is travel, and I can’t wait until we are able to that again.  Outside of family, my other interests include gaming, both online and in person, and CrossFit, although injuries and the pandemic have prevented me from participating in recent times. I plan to get back into it soon.

What is your favorite part about working for Memorial Medical Center?

It is definitely the people. For as long as I have worked here, it feels like an extension of my family. I have made many long-lasting connections with staff that I know most will last a lifetime.