Kassaundra McKnight-Young is a think outside of the box, positive, ball of energy – and the face of informatics at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Missouri. She is senior clinical informaticist at Cerner, which has established a strategic relationship with TMC called the KC one Health Innovation Alliance in order to create a healthy future for communities in Kansas City. Kassaundra also works as a PRN nurse in the acute care and behavioral health areas at TMC. Her unique dual role as a bedside nurse as well as an informatics nurse allows her to provide effective support to all levels of direct patient care providers for the proper, effective and efficient use of clinical applications and devices.
As the senior clinical informaticist for the KC one Alliance, Kassaundra provides on-site user support to all levels of direct patient care providers for the proper, effective and efficient use of clinical applications and devices. She also mentors and develops user expertise in the use of clinical applications; collaborates across teams to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of systems and services; and provides leadership on application utilization that ensures quality patient care outcomes. Kassaundra also resolves customer concerns raised during installation, operation, maintenance, or product application, along with compatibility matters. As a clinical informaticist, she leverages her own clinical knowledge in diagnosing problems and coordinating the appropriate additional resources to determine and deliver resolution.
Working the floor as a bedside nurse at TMC also keeps her current on workflow and processes, which allows a better understanding as decisions are being made on projects and implementations.
Kassaundra is currently pursuing her Masters in Nursing Informatics from Western Governors University. Kassaundra has a BS in Biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky, and BS in Nursing from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.