I am currently in my last semester of nursing school and through connections was offered a position as Clinical Analyst at our local hospital. I already have a double Bachelors in Communication Studies and Psychology. Any way, my question is...does accepting a position, such as Clinical Analyst, pigeon hole a person in the nursing profession or make a nurse more desireable and hireable? I am worried if I accept the position, in the future, I may be unable to obtain a different postition, such as hospice nurse, if I choose to change.
Any advice would be much appreciated...Thank you!
Jan 20, '13
My 2 cents...it is easier to get a bedside nursing job than the kind of job you have the offer for. I feel it would be easier for you to move from the analyst position to bedside than the other way around if you tried bedside and thought you wanted more of an analytical type position. At least, that is what I have seen in the areas I have lived in.
Jan 21, '13
I agree with 2ndChance - in my area of New England, it's very hard to break into the analyst role as a nurse without prior IT experience. On the other hand, there is also a lot of competition for bedside nursing positions, and the better ones (Monday-Friday, full-time days, etc) tend to go to nurses who have been in the union for years.
If you were to work in IT for a few years, and then want to go to bedside nursing, I don't think the IT experience would be a huge advantage - you would sort of be back at square one, and need to take a part-time position at a hospital, on the evening or night shift, or work in a nursing home. But that may be specific to my location. We only have 3 hospitals in this part of the state, 2 of which are very small, and the largest city only has a population of about 50,000. Regarding hospice, if there was enough demand that a hospice agency was hiring, and no one applied who had prior hospice experience, it would seem you would have a good chance of getting a job (and your IT knowledge would be a bit of a plus if the organization documents electronically).
Jan 23, '13
Thank you so much for the great advice. I will go for it as it seems that not many have an opportunity like I do and if it is not for me then I can always go to bedside nursing..even if it is a pay decrease and hours that are not ideal.
Oct 3, '13
How did things work out for you with the job?
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