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Dreamer-RN specializes in ICU, Informatics.

MSN student (Health Informatics)

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    Failed the ANCC NI Certification... Now What?

    WINI = Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics Congrats on passing the exam, NIinHelp!!
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    Paging Dreamer RN

    Helper117, I PMed you.
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    Interview advice

    ikarus7401 has provided some great tips!:) In past interviews, I brought my prepared notes in addition to took notes during the interview (used the information for writing my thank you letters). The prepared notes served as reminders for points I wanted to emphasize during the interview (derived from company and position research). Panel interviews can be daunting at times. Therefore, I understand getting nervous, especially when lots of questions are fired. I just do the best I can with answering the questions and building a good rapport with each person. For Clinical Informatics Educator positions, you'll most likely receive questions pertaining to your education skills while Clinical Systems Analyst positions would be more concern about your technical skills (in addition to project management).
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    Interview advice

    rnformaticsr4me, Need a little more information in order to help. What positions are you interviewing for? What is your hunch regarding why the final interviews are not turning into job offers?
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    Failed the ANCC NI Certification... Now What?

    Congratulations!! Glad to see the ANCC Study group was helpful. I took that course and hoping it pays off.
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    Persuing a NI position as a military spouse

    The actual degree I'll receive is an MSN in Nursing and Health Care Administration with the focus being Nursing Informatics. I chose this degree program because I appreciate the curriculum is a blend of organizational dynamics (project mgmt), business (health care mgmt), and nursing informatics courses. Therefore, I'm taking courses from three different departments (of course, majority from the nursing department). Also, my school offers opportunities to participate in research which was another deciding factor. The main reason why I didn't go for an MSN in Nursing Informatics is because I have bachelor's degrees in both Computer Science and Nursing in addition to professional work experience. I desired my MSN to take it a step further and to prepare me for Informatics management and leadership positions (in addition to gaining some experience in research - desire my terminal degree to be a PhD).
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    Persuing a NI position as a military spouse

    Thought to chime in on these questions, too. I'm currently working as a Clinical Systems Analyst. My past experiences include Nursing and Information Technology (primarily software programming but also software testing, project mgmt, database administration). I spend most of my time supporting nurses. However, I do communicate with the vendor on near daily basis for troubleshooting software issues. Shift work is not required for my role. However, I do after-hours on-call, rotating with other systems analysts on my team. The on-call period is one week in length. The clinical applications I support do involve some light programming where I use programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, Arden Syntax, and SQL. This is where my past software programming experience and education are very helpful. I'm not creating an actual software product, but rather they are used to build a particular component contained within the vendor's software product. It depends on the hospital's EMR product and the job role on whether one would be using these languages. Most of my time is spent building interface screens rather than programming.
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    Persuing a NI position as a military spouse

    I am assuming UMUC = University of Maryland University College? If so, have you looked at University of Maryland's Nursing Informatics MSN program? If I'm not mistaken, it's an online program. There are other schools offering online Nursing Informatics degrees. Personally, I do not recommend Master degree programs that are geared toward general Information Technology unless that interests you.
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    Landed Informatics Job - Now What?

    Congrats on your new job! Try these websites: Healthcare IT News, HIMSS, and ANIA-CARING to start. Also, to learn more about the government's initiatives for Healthcare IT (e.g., meaningful use), go to http://www.hhs.gov/healthit I think this is a reasonable plan for maintaining your clinical skills. This may depend on your local area. However, I believe there is some truth to this. Due to many hospitals are trying to update their technologies to meet Meaningful Use for government reimbursement, there is a demand for Health Informatics professionals. Personally, thus far, I'm getting contacted often by recruiters/employers seeking Nurse Informatics professionals. Therefore, I think it's a good time to be in Healthcare IT. Best wishes on your new job!
  10. Yes, it's possible. What helped me to break into the field was having a strong IT background prior to entering nursing. Coupled that with some nursing experience, including having the degrees (C.S. + Nursing), helped me to be uniquely qualified for variety of Informatics positions.
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    BS Computer Science + BS Nursing = Nursing IT?

    I do agree with the above based on my experiences thus far. I have B.S. in both C.S. and Nursing as well work experiences in both areas. However, my work experiences in IT is stronger than Nursing. These factors helped me to land my current Informatics position. Many of the potential employers I've interviewed with mentioned the difficulties in finding candidates who have this background, including the marketability of having such a background.
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    Pennsylvania Joins ADN vs BSN Debate

    I'm a second career RN with a B.S. in a non-heath care field (spent 12 years in my past career). Personally, I did not view it as another hoop to jump through. Rather I saw it as another method I could use to make myself more competitive to a potential employer. It was one less factor an employer could use to poke a hole in my RN job application, especially in a tight job market. I've also considered the option of having more opportunities available for career advancement and plans to pursue an MSN in the future.
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    How long after interview??

    I agree it is odd to call you out of the blue to inquire about your availability and interests without offering the job, especially after having conducted background and reference checks. Based on the information provided in your post, it appears their HR department is disorganized. While interviewing, did you ask the hiring manager and/or recruiter about the next steps? It's an important question to ask during the job interview so that you have some idea where you stand (in comparison to other candidates) and to know what to expect after the interview. I recommend to continue with your job search. Even though it's your dream job, it's best to keep moving forward with job hunting instead of waiting by the phone for this company to get back to you. It'll help keep your mind from stressing too much about this position in addition to keeping your doors open in case you do not receive a job offer.
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    Any other new grads considering a PhD?

    You're not alone. I'm a new grad with a strong desire for a PhD to be my terminal degree. Most likely it'll be a non-nursing PhD but something in the medical field. I can relate to your sentiments. I enjoy thinking, imaging, and exploring possibilities too. I also have strong interests in research with dreams of possibly producing a product from that research effort. I chuckled with the above statement. Guilty as charged! haha! Your not alone! I'm sure there are others having similar thoughts.
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    Struggling new grad - tell me it gets better

    I had a successful past professional life as well. Having such a background brings its own unique challenges too with having to start all over with proving oneself in a new career, adjusting to new expectations, and being dependent again. It also offers advantages in that you can utilize previous skills gained to get through the new grad period. I find myself doing this often. Another advantage is once you are settled into the RN role and feel confident in your abilities, you'll have another set of skills under your belt (in addition to the skills learned in your past career).
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    Struggling new grad - tell me it gets better

    NJRNtobe, One of my primary preceptors is similar to your preceptor's personality. I also question why such RN's choose to precept as well. With regards to the micromanagement, I believe this stems from the RN being control freak and likes to be in control of his/her environment. I think the control comes even moreso into play given the fact he/she is ultimately responsible for the patient outcomes as well as training you properly. Insecurity may play a role with the undermining and poor treatment. I believe a person who is secure with themselves will not put down, belittle, and/or gossip about another individual in such ways, especially a new grad RN. Do not inherit their problems. Something lead to the individual to become what he/she is today. Your main goal is to get the most you can during this orientation period. Continue to do your best and keep in mind this orientation period will pass. You cannot change your preceptor's personality. However, you have control on how much you'll allow this individual to influence you and your future nursing practice. Learn the good and do away with the bad. Set professional boundaries when needed. One step I took to address this issue was speaking to the nurse educator directly. Prior to this, I tried communicating some of my thoughts to my preceptor to no avail. While meeting with the educator, I did not point fingers but rather clarify what I'm suppose to learn during my orientation and the steps that should be taken to ensure that I'm getting the most I can while I'm on orientation. The educator communicated the goals directly to my preceptor. After this, things have significantly improved. I'm operating moreso as the primary nurse while my preceptor is assisting me where/when needed (in addition teaching when opportunities arise). I also ensure to maintain open communication with my preceptor by communicating procedures, medication administrations, etc. prior to doing them despite I may know how to do them (just to keep the individual in the loop). The day usually ends with getting constructive feedback from my preceptor. This has been very beneficial as well. It's not to say all is perfect. However, it has significantly improved than before and I'm learning a lot each day. The suggestion I want to most emphasize is to not allow this preceptor's negative behaviors get the best of you and/or distract you from your goals. Find ways to work around it. Perhaps, it may involve changing what he/she perceives about you, speaking to a nurse educator/manager, etc. Finally, maintain your confidence that you'll have that knowledge one day. You may be precepting a new RN in the future. Having this kind of experience under your belt teaches you what not do or say to a new RN who is learning the ropes, already stressed from the typical emotional roller-coaster new grad period. Best wishes getting through orientation! You're not alone with this!