Quote from Sam_Nurse
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....
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.
The project manger was normally very busy and she is the only person who knows this system.
Congrats on your job. People are always asking how to land an informatics position, and hopefully others will read this post and figure out that one way of landing a job is getting involved with informatics one way or the other while you're working as a nurse.
And is very unfortunate about your project manager not being able to pass on the knowledge of the system to you, but in a way, I'm not surprised. I'll just say that I've been in similar situations and people have gone out of their way to offer me their time because they were smart enough to realize that once they shared their knowledge, their workload would decrease.
Nonetheless, if you have to invest in the class to become better at the system, might as well do so. I know that a lot of vendors have some expensive classes out there, but maybe you can get reimbursed later on. If not, once you take the class and get experience in the system, maybe try to look for another job,and maybe then you'll get reimbused.