Consultant Spotlight: Jennifer Carter, MS, BSN – Senior Project Manager

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Jennifer directs and oversees all aspects of her assigned projects ensuring compliance with registry standards and specifications. She ensures the goals and objectives of each project are met through oversight of her data abstraction teams.

Prior to joining Registry Partners, Jennifer worked as an RN Clinical Database Administrator for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida.   She has also served as Technical Lead and Nursing Informatics Analyst at University of South Florida Physicians Group and Systems Analyst for Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, Florida.  Additionally, Jennifer has thirteen years of clinical nursing experience.

Jennifer earned her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  

Jennifer resides in Florida with her husband and two sons.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, knitting and most things Disney.   

Q & A with Jennifer:

Q: Why do you believe clinical data registries are so important?

A: Accurate data is power to make effective, meaningful change. When you have a specific data set that is shared across multiple institutions, you can not only affect change at the institutional level, but also broad change affecting general policy and care. Registries provide guidance for providers and institutions to look internally and externally for specific patient care points that can increase patient care satisfaction, quality and outcomes.

Q:  With so many career options in healthcare, why did you choose a career focused on data collection and clinical outcomes?

A: I’ve always loved data, technology and informatics. Every bedside job I’ve had, I was tagged as a superuser or expert since I had a knack for it. I used my GI Bill to earn my Master’s in Nursing Informatics and with that I’ve evolved over time from system administrator, technology lead, data administrator, and now project management. I’ve loved the evolution. No two days are the same and there is minimal chance of being bored or stuck in a rut. On a more personal note, after 10 years in high acuity NICUs I was burned out. The birth of my oldest son changed my perspective on direct patient care. I didn’t want to give up nursing, but I knew for myself that staying at the bedside wasn’t a long term path for me.

Q: What advice can you give to others with clinical experience who are looking to move away from direct patient care?

A: Use any opportunity presented to you outside of patient care that interests you. If data or technology interests you, let your boss, supervisor, or whomever know that you’d like to be involved with your EHR, registries, etc. If classes are offered, take them. Opportunities are there, but often they aren’t black or white and require some thinking outside of the box.