I want to become a hospital risk manager. How should I go about getting the necessary experience to do so?

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Dear Donna,

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:

Dear Angela,

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 there’s 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.

Good Luck!

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at www.nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.


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    Steve Alexandre January 6, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Dear, Donna

    My name is Steve Alexandre I am considering a field in Health Risk Management. I am currently working in the healthcare field as a Certified Hyperbaric technologist /EMT/Safety Officer. I have 2 -3 years of mid managerial experience as a Safety Director in the Field. I have over 12 years direct patient care experience. I have also been volunteering with companies such as American Red cross as well as stand by task force for over 2 years. I have also worked as a PCT for over 7-9 years and trained for over 6 years in the field of hyperbaric medicine, Emergency Medical Services, as Well as Critical care PCU,ICU,CCU and ER as a telemetry ,nursing tech / critical care technician. I am currently in school attempting to complete My Bachelors Degree in Disaster management with only three semesters left before Graduating with my undergrad in Disaster Management and Business Continuity. I am looking into the Obtaining My MBA in Risk Management over in my school once undergrad is complete. How would I fair in the field of becoming a Risk Manager?

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    Jorge Antunez April 14, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Hi, I would love to know what steps to take on my situation…. I have an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. I work as a supervisor in a hospital for the security department. I am highly interested in in becoming a healthcare risk manager. What should I do?

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    roxy August 24, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m a RN with 10 years of experience at bedside and 2 1/2 years as a nursing supervisor in a hospital. I completed my MSN-Leadership degree and I’m interested in becoming a Risk Manager RN in a healthcare setting. Do you recommend shadowing someone and in addition getting a paralegal degree or a professional healthcare risk management certificate before applying?

    Thanks in Advance

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