3 Years bedside RN, how to transition?

  1. Hello everyone!
    I'm a nurse with over 3 years bedside experience, and 5 years as a CNA. I have my ADN as well as an associates in general studies. I hope to transition to informatics, but honestly I have no clue how.

    Currently I work in a 400ish bed hospital. I was thinking about reaching out to the director of IT or someone along those lines to network and p.ossibly shadow

    We only had super users when we implemented our new system, so there is no way to gain experience by going that route. I searched for positions online such as ''clinical analyst, informatics nurse, informatics nurse specialist, and clinical informatics coordinator" to no avail.
    At my facility, they have a few openings under the ''IT/Telecom" Listing, which are:
    Quality performence improvement data analyst, Help desk technician, IS project manager and applications manager.

    Please give me some guidance!
    Thanks so much!
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  3. by   Curtis85
    I'm in the same boat as you. Been working the floor for almost four years and recently got my MSN in Nursing informatics. Hoping to find a way to get into it with no experience.
  4. by   ikarus7401
    Drop the informatics word when looking for jobs. Find the name of a vendor and the module, and look for that instead. For example, Cerner is a vendor and one of their modules if firstnet. Type that in on a search, or type in the name of a vendor. You can also search under clinical implementation, clinical application...etc. But jobs listings with the word informatics....not so many.
  5. by   Informatics Queen
    Nursing Informatics positions are often hard to come by. I finished an MSN in Informatics program last year and finally landed a role in Informatics this year. It can be tough, as most people in these roles usually stick around for a while. I agree with the previous post to look at EHR vendors in addition to hospitals. Cerner and Epic seem to be the biggest competitors in the industry. There is a need for clinicians/nurses to work as liaisons between IS and the clinical end-user, as they are 2 different worlds.

    Good Luck