Quote from informaticsRN2B
Hello to all,
I am graduating from a MSN informatics program soon and I am very nervous about it. I have learned alot from the courses but when I read job descriptions on jobs i am interested in such as clinical systems analyst, business analyst, database analyst, ect... I feel like I am not or wasn't prepared for these jobs. I guess I am asking what can I do to prepare myself for a job in this field?
I'm of the strong opinion that no informatics program out there will prepare you fully for a job, specially if you have no prior experience in the field.
Matter of fact, look back at your nursing school experience. You go through a few rotations of clinicals, but are those clinicals enough to prepare you for your nursing job?
When I got my computer science degree, there was one class (software engineering and design) that no matter how I studied, I could never do well on the exams, as the theory didn't make any sense to me.
Lo and behold, first job I ever get in IT, was working with a group who had to redesign software specs, configure testing environments, do user surveys, etc. A lot of the stuff that was covered in that class was actually what my first job in IT was about.
However, I was trained on the spot for the position, and after being on the job for 3 months, I went back and looked at my exams that I barely passed while in school, and I had to laugh because the tests were so basic, but yet, just reading the book never made the concepts any easier.
In other words, you could go out and read all the books out there on nursing informatics, and none of them will prepare you for the job. Think about it. Most likely you will be hired to work on a specific application, and that application, is proprietary, and like most of us, you will learn that application on the job.
Also, think about nursing school---when you graduated, did you go out and read every book on all the specialties out there to be ready for your first job? I sure didn't, and again, my first job was baptism by fire, and that's what also happened with my first "informatics" job: trained for the job, and baptism by fire, although I already had IT experience.
My recommendation would be to apply as many jobs as you can because what I have noticed when interviewing entry level candidates who have no experience in the field is that they lack a lot of confidence.
And that's why if I were in your shoes, I would apply to any job I can find, so that you get experienced interviewing, because guaranteed, your school didn't prepare you well for that.
When I was doing a computer science degree, I was working as a nurse, and I interviewed for a lot of technical jobs, even though compared to my fellow classmates, my background looked terrible.
Nonetheless, I was determined to apply as many jobs as possible, and get better at interviewing, because back then, I truly believed I didn't have the technical background to get a job in IT.
But even though I started with some horrible interviews, at the end, I was so good at them, that I actually had a couple of job offers, while my better prepared technical friends, were struggling to find a job.
So apply, interview, apply, interview, and eventually something will land.