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ikarus7401

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ikarus7401 has 18 years experience and specializes in informatics for 10 years.

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    Nursing Informatics

    Is it worth leaving a floor position to pursue a job in nursing informatics? what does this mean? That you have a floor job now and you want to quit and then start looking for an NI job? Or do you have an offer for an NI job and you want to leave your current floor job? If the latter, hell yes, is worth leaving the floor job.
  2. Nursing informatics, in terms of configuring a vendor's software, doesn't really need those certifications form MS, cisco, etc. So yea, I wouldn't waste the time or money in those certifications as they aren't really needed to work in informatics.
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    Am I headed in the right direction??

    Yes, you could even command a higher salary because of your clinical knowledge and past expertise. Not sure why would it even be a wrong move. Best of luck!
  4. Is it important for a nurse informaticist to have experience in multiple nursing units? Not really. Look at companies like Cerner or Epic---they hire people who implement their applications without having any nursing experience at all. I did nursing for 8 years, and floated to many units, except the OR. What was my first application to implement? Yep, an OR application and in my first meeting I had no idea what the hell they were talking about. I thought I knew nursing, but yep, had never really stepped into the OR, but on my 2nd day, I met with the OR nurses and they walked me through their workflow. There are always things to learn, no doubt, but is no rocket science to figure out the workflow of any nursing department. what matters your nursing experience...you can learn any other nursing workflow in days, if not hours. It is not that hard. I've implemented many departments that I had zero experience in, but learned the workflows without a problem. So no, don't worry about having experience in multiple nursing units..sure, it helps, but believe me, thousands of informaticists out there implementing departments they had never worked in.
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    New Nurse? Can I get a job in Informatics right away

    Theoretically speaking, you could get a job in informatics without much nursing floor experience. It really has to do with the needs of the hospital and how many candidates they have in their area. I've met a few analysts who graduated as nurses and were offered informatics positions once they had their license. Possible? Sure. However, I would say the field is so competitive right now that maybe is not as easy as it used to be. But maybe in smaller town hospitals where the pool of candidates is small you might get lucky.
  6. I can't help, but I'm really curious to know, why would you enroll in a place where you have to find your own preceptor? Isn't that the equivalent of enrolling in nursing school and being told, yea, for you to graduate, you need to find your own places where you can do your own clinicals! I don't understand the concept...at all!
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    Anyone willing to help a student?

    Another request that gets done every week it seems...."I have an assignment that requires me to interview a nursing informatics nurse." Why aren't there assingments to interview ICU nurses? How about OR nurses? How about flight nurses? Goes to show the state of the so called education nursing system nowadays....
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    Need Advise for Nursing Informatics.

    Networking skills as in, if you don't want to go for a master's degree, then you better go out there and hustle for the job. But yea, if you do have a master's degree, helps to get that interview---doesn't guarantee the job. Have seen too many cocky master degree holders demanding salaries that not even experienced candidates get...anyway...this question has been asked too many times and what I really want to know is, why aren't searches being done to see what has been posted before.
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    Need Advise for Nursing Informatics.

    Just to reinfornce the idea that you don't need to get a master's degree to get into informatics. What you need is networking skills...Yes, a few years back getting a job was easy, but is still doable. I just met a nurse about a month ago who told me she got a position as a trainer by doing go-live support. She doesn't have a master's degree either. I believe your question has been covered, not to say beaten to death, in other threads in this forum as it has been asked multiple times. Might be a good idea to do a search and see what was said in the past as that is still applicable.
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    How to get into NI

    Look at the questions on this forum as your same exact question has been asked in the past numerous times, and detailed answers have been given.
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    Transitioning to informatics

    What was the hardest part of your transition from bedside to informatics? I don't really fit the criteria for your question because I went from bedside nursing to a computer science degree to a job in the IT world, so I was kind of prepared for informatics; however, I have worked with plenty of nursing colleagues that have gone from bedside nursing straight to informatics and after working with them and talking about the transition, I would say the biggest adjustment was not knowing or fully understanding the software implementation process/cycle. That's something that you kind of learn on the job, and maybe they cover that during a master's degree? Don't have one so not sure. But depending on the project, it might take you up to two years to hit all the different phases of the project, so it might feel as if you're always doing something new. In nursing on the other hand, you might switch specialties, and of course, depending on the specialty, if you stay in the same place, after a year, you might be in automatic and your routine won't change. Definitely not the same in the informatics world. Unless you're hired to a specific role, like a trainer, or tester, etc.
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    Transitioning to informatics

    I don't really fit the criteria for your question because I went from bedside nursing to a computer science degree to a job in the IT world, so I was kind of prepared for informatics; however, I have worked with plenty of nursing colleagues that have gone from bedside nursing straight to informatics and after working with them and talking about the transition, I would say the biggest adjustment was not knowing or fully understanding the software implementation process/cycle. That's something that you kind of learn on the job, and maybe they cover that during a master's degree? Don't have one so not sure. But depending on the project, it might take you up to two years to hit all the different phases of the project, so it might feel as if you're always doing something new. In nursing on the other hand, you might switch specialties, but if you stay in the same place, after a year, you might be in automatic and your routine won't change. Definitely not the same in the informatics world. Unless you're hired to a specific role, like a trainer, or tester, etc.
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    3 Years bedside RN, how to transition?

    Drop the informatics word when looking for jobs. Find the name of a vendor and the module, and look for that instead. For example, Cerner is a vendor and one of their modules if firstnet. Type that in on a search, or type in the name of a vendor. You can also search under clinical implementation, clinical application...etc. But jobs listings with the word informatics....not so many.
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    Do you need to have a nursing license?

    Hello, British registered nurse. For most epic analyst jobs in the USA, what they are looking for is that you're Epic certified. There might be some jobs that will want you to maybe have an active nursing nursing license, but most employers are so desperate for epic certified analysts, that it is rare for them to make this a requirement, specially if you have implementation experience and you got your epic certification. So what you have noticed about consulting jobs not requiring a nursing license is spot on. I'll dare say, 99% of the times is not a requirement. And about getting paid more if you have a license...really, it comes down to your negotiation skills. But there is no guaranteed that says that you will get paid more if you have a nursing license. You will have to negotiate for that.
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    Information on Nurse Informatics

    yea.... plenty of info here! LMGTFY
  16. ikarus7401

    Needing Advice

    The first position will give you a better exposure to the project lifecyle. I don't know what you mean by the following though: . Additionally, the position serves less of a bridge between clinical and computer science. Instead it seems to be utilized more as a coding position. The training position...if you really enjoy training and developing training modules, then take this position; but usually in this type of position, you're 'stuck' in one of the software lifecycle phases, which is training of course. This might pigeonhole you for future jobs because then you will be seen as a trainer, and not an analyst.
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