I just thought of writing about my experience of getting in the informatics position. I had some previous computer experience before I even went to the nursing program. I was fortunate to be hired in a hospital while I was in nursing school. So right after finishing my nursing program I started working in the hospital with an IP. I worked in the med-surg floor around three years. So while working in the floor I use to help the charge nurse and other nurses to fix computer related issues.
The turning point was when our hospital implemented a new computerized charting system. I was selected as a super user from my floor. Even though this was originally for our floor and only for couple of weeks things got delayed I start helping other floors and eventually it took a year to roll the system to all other units. At first I was giving classes to users and also stay in the unit for GO-Live to help new users. This is a very large hospital and they use multiple software packages. Once I was talking with the project manager and told him that if he need any help with implementation any new packages I was willing to do that. After few months he called me and offered a position to work with a new package they are going to implement in another subsidiary of the main hospital. I was very happy to accept that position.
Then things were not going as well as I expected. First of all I did not get ant training even how to use the system. I have hard time going through the core user manuals and other materials to learn the system. Anyway after some time I was able to get a pretty good idea of using the system. Still I am not able to modify things or fixing errors etc. I am able to teach the users (doctors, nurses etc) how to use the system. The project manger was normally very busy and she is the only person who knows this system. I got some ideas after searching online and also from the online community. I wish I can take some training classes from the vendor. It looks like I have to pay from my pocket to go for a class.