October 2016- Sarita James

by Ethan Lipsey | Feb 08, 2017

Sarita James
 is originally from New Orleans, LA. She attended Louisiana State University at Alexandria, graduating in 1985.  Right after graduation, she enrolled at Northwestern State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while working as an RN in the areas of Med Surgical and Pediatric Nursing. 
In 1998, she began working with the implementation of nursing documentation for CHRISTUS Health.  This sparked her interest in Nursing Informatics and leading Sarita to further her education at Loyola University-New Orleans, completing an MSN in Healthcare Systems Management in 2006.

After working in Informatics for almost 10 years, Sarita returned to the clinical arena in a project management role supporting the implementation of a new healthcare model—Single Room Maternity Care at CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.  This involved using both Informatics and clinical expertise for the benefit of the Maternal Newborn Department. In 2008, Sarita became the manager for Family Centered Maternity Care at CHRISTUS Cabrini to help support the implementation of the new model with new technology.

Sarita obtained a certification as an Informatics Nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2013.  This certification and Sarita’s experience in the practice and teaching of Nursing Informatics has afforded her the opportunity to serve as a Content Expert for ANCC for the Nursing Informatics specialty.  A Content Expert is an appointed position to serve for 2 years with other appointed Informaticists across the nation to ensure that the current practice of Informatics is being supported through the certification exams.

Currently, Sarita is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. She serves as the Course Coordinator for Maternal Newborn Nursing in the ASN program and Course Coordinator for Nursing Informatics in the RN-BSN program. She enjoys the asynchronous/synchronous format of the RN-BSN online course and the interaction it provides students that is often missed in a face-to-face classroom. She is currently working on her PhD in Nursing with a specialization in Education. Join us in congratulating Sarita James as the October Faculty Spotlight