Are there prerequisites to get into nursing informatics? I’m not sure if it’s a career I can jump into or not.
Interested in Informatics
Dear Interested in Informatics,
Nurses are working in this specialty in many different ways and places. While some hospital positions are offered to in-house nurses, other facilities will hire outside nurses, especially if they have experience using an electronic medical record. Other types of employers will hire you into informatics positions solely because of your nursing background with no other prerequisites required. These companies include those that design and sell software used by nurses, patients and other health professionals for electronic medical records, staffing and scheduling, medical billing and so much more. Nurses work for these companies doing sales, marketing, education and training, client interface and consulting on design.
Identify entities that make or market these products by doing an online search for “healthcare informatics company.” You should be able to find a list of the top companies. Almost all employ nurses in some capacity. You can visit their websites to seek and apply for positions. Use the Nurse.com Job Search feature to find informatics job leads, too. Use “informatics” as a search word. You’ll have to review all the open positions to find something that matches your background and general nursing experience.
You should also attend local chapter meetings of the American Nursing Informatics Association and/or the American Medical Informatics Association as a guest. You should conduct an informational interview with a few of their officers to learn more about the specialty, uncover leads and opportunities, and expand your network. You can find board members’ contact information on the association website. Read “The scoop on informational interviewing” for tips on how to conduct this type of information gathering session.