September 1, 2017
Moving from nursing to health informatics has been a very fulfilling journey. Pivoting my career towards the health technology world has led to many unexpected changes. Here is a pictorial representation of how my life has changed since entering the MHI program!
Studying as a Nurse:
When I think of nursing school, I think of my 1000+ page textbooks. Most of my classes required physical textbooks and many of my classmates kept them after graduation to use as a resource. I’ve kept most of mine as well but am fully guilty of just Googling information I need instead of checking the books!
Studying as a MHI Student:
The MHI program utilizes mostly online resources and texts, which are a lot easier to carry to class!
Assessments as a Nurse:
Although both professions value and emphasize strong collaboration, there are differences in the prevalence of group work during schooling. Particularly at the beginning of nursing school, most assessments were individual and tested your ability to apply your own nursing skills to clinical situations. As the program went on, there was more group work but most classes still culminated in traditional written exams that were created with the aim of preparing students for the nursing licensing exam (the NCLEX).
Assessments as a MHI Student:
Assessments in the MHI program are much more team-based and usually consist of presentations and reports. Due to the nature of our classwork, as well as the small class size, our cohort has grown very close. We’ve fostered real friendships that support mutual mentorships and will help us transition into our careers.
Nursing and health informatics both encapsulate a variety of different career pathways. Because both fields are so vast, it is really up to the individual to decide how much, and where, they want to invest their careers. Being surrounded by incredibly talented, resourceful, and intelligent people in both the nursing and health informatics fields has motivated me to continue pushing myself out of my comfort zone and reach for my dreams.
…as a nurse:
…as a MHI Student
When I first decided to shift my career into the health informatics field, I expected to face certain challenges. I knew that transitioning back into the student role for my Master’s will involve increased awareness of learning opportunities and also further decision-making collaboration with a preceptor. What I didn’t expect to find is that being a nurse is much more similar to being a health informatician than I originally thought…both roles have the potential to make a significant positive impact in the world. It’s all in the opportunities.
-Allie Margaret May, MHI