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How do I make the move to nursing informatics?


Dear Donna,

I’m a psychiatric nurse, but I really want to move to nursing informatics. I don’t know where to begin. I’ve been an RN for 15+ years. When I wasn’t working as a nurse, I worked as a data analyst and abstractor. Any advice?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Isabel,

Since you already have a background in both nursing and data management, you should be able to find a job related to nursing informatics. These positions exist primarily in hospitals and healthcare facilities and for companies that manufacture and market software and hardware to be used in healthcare. Find these positions and companies through networking (aka asking around).

Be sure to visit the Web site of the American Nursing Informatics Association ( Contact the officers of the association and conduct an informational interview ( with them. Get out to local meetings and events as a guest. When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that thing. Besides, networking is a great way to find and get a job.

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 and, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit

By | 2009-01-13T00:00:00-05:00 January 13th, 2009|Categories: Blogs, Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

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