How can I get into a HIM entry-level position when I am more than 60 years old? I am an RN of more than 20 years and have a BS health administration, and an ADN. I expect to complete a bachelors degree in HIM in early 2016. I work in long-term care.
Wants to Manage Healthcare Information
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Wants to Manage Healthcare Information,
By HIM I presume you mean Health Information Management, a very popular specialty and growing field. You have a great background and credentials and all the better that you are further enhancing your credentials with the HIM focus.
Start getting out to local chapter meetings or related professional associations such as AMIA, formerly known as the Association of Medical Informatics, (www.amia.org) and/or the American Nursing Informatics Association (www.ania.org). You can attend either as a guest for now. Networking can be a very effective way to learn about job openings and get interviews. Plus this is a great way to learn more about the specialty including trends.
You should target some members of the above associations (or anyone you know or meet) who work within this specialty for an informational interview. To learn how to schedule and conduct an informational interview read The scoop on informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing). When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those successfully doing it. This is a good way to further expand your network, build relationships and find positions.
Your age has no relevance to your marketability in this field so set that aside. What is important is you have a contemporary image, great networking and self-marketing skills, lots of energy and enthusiasm and an interest in and passion for this specialty. For tips on making a great impression on an interview read (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Knock-Socks-Off)
Start going after positions now. You dont need to wait until you finish your current educational track.