The responses from this group are great ways to gain experience in Nursing Informatics.
There are a lot of nursing initiatives that begins at the bedside. Your active participation in applying informatics solutions to these initiatives can also be counted as an experience. Take note of measurable outcomes (i.e. patient care, patient safety, healthcare cost, workflow efficiency, etc.) and impact (unit, department/service, organization). In addition, you can also participate in organizational initiatives such as User Acceptance Testing (UAT), systems implementation and/or system upgrades, etc.
Lastly, I find formal education in Nursing Informatics as most beneficial. Not only do you gain valuable knowledge, you will also have opportunity to train with preceptors for your capstone projects and start networking with peers in the field.
Mercury Sitoy Cacanindin, MSN RN-BC, CNN
Program Manager, Nursing Integration
Executive Nursing Practice Group
Harris Health System
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