Career Path Development in Perioperative Nurse Informatics

Jessica Gruendler,    DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, Empiricist Vice President, Empiric Health

Jessica Gruendler, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, Empiricist Vice President, Empiric Health

Attendees will understand the history of nursing informatics as a specialty, the knowledge base necessary to obtain certification and pathways to career development as a perioperative informatics specialist. Additionally, this activity will address the opportunity to optimize a current perioperative information system and utilize data to drive clinical, operational and financial change in their organizations. The science of nursing informatics within perioperative services is critical to providing a complete electronic health record and access data to transform health care delivery.


Jessica Gruendler has 40 years experience in perioperative services focused on optimizing departments to achieve clinical, operational and financial goals while facilitating technology adoption. She currently serves as an empiricist vice president for Empiric Health. She has served as director of quality, risk management, and patient safety, director of surgical services, with 10 years in nursing informatics and 20 years in various staff and management positions in surgical services.