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Hi! I was preparing myself to go back to school and was interested in this Masters program. They have an RN-MSN option. I was considering this field because I love working at the hospital, but want to transition out of bedside and have always been interested in computers and software. On my unit, I was always volunteered to be one of the Super Users when we switched our programs. Was not sure if those that are in the field now, recommend a Masters degree or if most companies want you to have experience over an advanced degree. Thanks for your input!

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I had a similar question, but you answered it here. Many programs have an RN to MSN program, but I think now I'll start with the BSN and then see how things go from there.

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I completed an MSN in Informatics. Do not feel like I was prepared to jump into the job market. My classmates that have been successful all were working in some capacity already. I am still bedside.

I think if I really applied myself, I could step up. What I really want to do is teach bedside charting, optimizing the programs and helping nurse NOT hate computer charting. That is not a position currently a paid position where I am. I am the "go-to" person, but that's about it.

I probably should have done an NP specialty .

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mmc, what do you mean in terms of your classmates were already working in some capacity already? Are you meaning that they were a nurse, working in an IT field before they jumped into informatics? Also, have you found it impossible or not likely to find a job in Informatics without the prior IT experience (only the degree)?

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Alien05, they were either super-users, on an informatics committee as I was, several were working part-time with EHRs. A few had worked in the IT field before becoming nurses (so many nurses are second career). Some were already in a position and wanted the higher education and certification.

As time has gone on, many of my classmates have gotten higher level positions or lead positions in Informatics. 3 of them were military and I guess they are trying to upgrade the very old EHR system the VA has.

i have been working, volunteering, to be on our informatics task force to optimize flowsheets, help with care plans, teach the new upgrades. I am getting ready to move to a clinic position so now I need to learn the ambulatory system. I am basically using my MSN as a requirement for an advanced position, not in my specialty or informatics. Do not regret the education, but I feel that I was not prepared to go from floor nursing to an Informatics position.

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Well, I know two people with two different paths. 

#1- a BS in Nursing and got a Masters in Medical Informatics. (Director of Clinical Analytics) She makes 130k!! 

#2 - a BS in Health Information Management and did an Accelerated BSNprogram in one year. (Informatics Registered Nurse) She makes 108k a year!!

(yeah, I did ask the salary provided because I did it as a research project in college for Freshman Seminar.)

Recently, I was trying convince my friend who has gotten rejected from the Nursing program thrice to get a BS degree in CS/IS/CIS or something highly tech related then do the Accelerated BSN program in one year. The nursing programs at the regular pace are HIGHLY competitive. The Accelerated BSNprograms are still competitive but not as competitive as the regular paced ones. Moreover, the sole focus is on nursing and gaining clinical experience. Not the college campus experience. 

I, too am considering an Accelerated BSN program. I am finishing my degree in Computer Science soon and I am interested in Nursing Informatics. 

 

Two things stood out to me as important when talking to these people:

1 Clinical Experience.

2. IT knowledge and Skills Sets (Programming ability in SQL, Java, Python, etc.. and Data Analytics)

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