I am hoping someone can help me understand what education I need to get my foot into nursing informatics.
Some background: I am a BSN nurse with 8 years of experience ER, ICU. I have very little in the way of computer training. My question is this. Is it possible for me to get a job in informatics as a BSN if I take an associates informatics/computer degree. My plan would be to continue getting educated at least to a master's level in this specialty.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Nursing Informatics isn't typically your standard computer/IT support job - it's more about information and knowledge. I am not sure that a Bachelors would benefit you. I suggest reading through some of the threads in this forum to gain a better understanding of the specialty. One example is a nurse who works with a specific clinical application to apply both knowledge of that EHR's functionality and what nurses need from it clinically.
Honestly the advice I got from my facility was to volunteer to be a superuser for my clinical application and support go-lives throughout the organization. I have my BSN, but they steered me away from getting a master's in informatics simply because they valued the work experience more. I ultimately did a few go lives for my organization and got hired as a full time clinical informatics educator which I love. I am finishing my master's in nursing education simply because a lot of informatics handles education, and I find it helpful to understand how to teach people, whether it's the end users or teaching analysts how to build various applications.
Experience as a Super User is greatly beneficial. Your ER experience would be valuable if your EHR has specific solutions for ER.
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