I have a BSN and BS (computer science) and I am looking for something in nurse informatics. I am currently working at a medical center as a psychiatric nurse. I have applied for many nurse informatics jobs but received no replies.
Dear Donna replies:
Your background and credentials are well suited to nursing informatics. So when what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to try a new approach.
Rather than only applying to jobs that you read about in print or online, start doing more networking. That means you need to make direct contact with those working in this specialty both nurses and non-nurses. You can do this in several ways. Do some informational interviewing with others already working in this specialty (http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2004404190355). Find them through related professional associations such as the American Nursing Informatics Association (www.ania.org) and the American Association of Medical Informatics (www.amia.org) nursing informatics working group.
You also can attend local chapter meetings of the above associations 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 well known to be a great way to find and get a job.
And to get your self-marketing skills up to date, including your networking résumé and interview skills, check out “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses” to get you back on track. Find out more at www.nurse.com/ce/7250.
Persistence and determination will always win out in the end!