I am a nurse attorney, now practicing in medical malpractice defense litigation. I have more than nine years of clinical experience as a staff nurse in a hospital. I want to become a hospital risk manager. How should I go about getting the necessary experience to do so?
Dear Donna replies:
You already have the perfect credentials and experience to work in risk management. Join the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (http://www.ashrm.org) and start getting out to local chapter meetings. When theres something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that thing.
Immerse yourself in self-study and start applying for related positions. Contact risk managers in area hospitals and insurance companies and do informational interviewing (http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/thescoop.html) with them. This is a great way to learn, get connected, and maybe even find some opportunities
You are more qualified and more ready than you realize. Do not get caught in the trap of over preparation. Appreciate the value of what you currently offer, and move forward.
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