FEATURE ARTICLERN, CIO: An Executive Informatics CareerSTAGGERS, NANCY PhD, RN, FAAN; LASOME, CATERINA E. M. AN, USA, MBA, MSN, MHA, RNAuthor Information Department of Informatics, College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (Dr Staggers); and Clinical Operations, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii (LTC Lasome). Corresponding author: Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Informatics, College of Nursing, 10 S 2000 E, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (e-mail: email@example.com). The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: July-August 2005 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 201-206 Buy Abstract The Chief Information Officer (CIO) position is a viable new career track for clinical informaticists. Nurses, especially informatics nurses, are uniquely positioned for the CIO role because of their operational knowledge of clinical processes, communication skills, systems thinking abilities, and knowledge about information structures and processes. This article describes essential knowledge and skills for the CIO executive position. Competencies not typical to nurses can be learned and developed, particularly strategic visioning and organizational finesse. This article concludes by describing career development steps toward the CIO position: leadership and management; healthcare operations; organizational finesse; and informatics knowledge, processes, methods, and structures. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.