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Amy Smith, RN
May 6, 2019

Altruista Health Salutes Amy Smith During Nurses Week

Amy Smith joined Altruista Health as manager of business intelligence at Altruista Health in 2017. She earned her nursing degree from Regis University in Denver.

Why did you go into nursing? 
I went into nursing to combine my knowledge of IT with clinical expertise. I had originally graduated college with a bachelor's degree and worked in IT for a healthcare organization. After working in healthcare IT for almost 10 years, I found that the industry was lacking expertise in people with a unique skill set – clinical knowledge in combination with understanding IT applications and analytics. I had always wanted to be a nurse to help others and expand my career options, so I decided to take the plunge and become an RN!

How has your role as a nurse changed since you’ve been in nursing?
I initially started out as a nurse working at the bedside providing patient care for a Med/Surg unit, focusing on orthopedics and neurology. I loved the experience I gained as a bedside nurse! Since then, I have been providing analytics based on my previous clinical experience, programming and IT skills, and data from EHRs, care management programs and healthcare insurance information. This is very different from working at the bedside, but it gives me a unique perspective when I am creating reports and analyzing data.

What inspires you the most in your day-to-day work?
My co-workers inspire me day to day. I have not worked for a company with such hard- working, generous and friendly staff, and it is an honor to be able to work at Altruista Health! I also am inspired by all of the fantastic data we are capturing in GuidingCare, which is a great platform to create exciting, innovative and extraordinary analytical reports!

How do the mission and/or values of Altruista support your nursing career?
While all of the values in our mission statement support nursing, the values that are most in alignment with my own and drew me into becoming a nurse are social responsibility, integrity and respect. Nurses meet patients in their most vulnerable state and it is our responsibility to ensure that we show respect for all individuals, stand for what is right, support others, and are ethical in all of our interactions. These values translate to all work environments, and I am thankful to work for a company where these values are part of a mission statement.