Quote from angelbaby1118
I did not get the position. They don't call you. You just get an email. Kind of bummed, but I am still not sure If I would have taken it. I have a 4 & 8 year old....would have to work full time, on call and late shifts. The thing is, no one can tell me the salary! I don't know if I should keep pursuing a career in Epic or let it go. Considered going to school in Nurse Informatics, but do not know the salary to see if it would be a good financial decision.
On your previous post you mentioned that you really enjoyed being a super user, that you got compliments from your colleagues, and well in short, it seems to me, you would really have fun in an informatics position.
And about having a 4 year old and 8 year old, have worked with plenty of colleagues in that same situation and some even have disabled kids and they manage just fine in their job. I'm sure you will also do fine.
About epic salaries...they vary by many factors---location, application, job experience, etc. However, no matter how they vary, in the long run, your salary will be much higher than if you stay in clinical or bedside nursing.
In my blog, people have actually written to me and some tell me they kept their same salary, others report their salary increase, and a few actually took a pay cut. However, in all these cases, after a year or two of epic experience, their salaries increased and a couple said the increase was 300%+ (consulting gigs pay a lot). Bottom line, you will be better off in continuing to search for an epic job.
Something else...back in 2008 we had a little "nursing informatics" crisis; most hospitals were on a freezing period, and many consultants weren't being hired. Unfortunately for me, my consulting gig ended at that time, and also, I had the brilliant idea to try to change applications as i was tired of implementing revenue cycle systems or scheduling systems. I interviewed at least 1 time a day, if not more for different jobs, and all I got was rejections emails or calls
Took me about 3 months to land a job but I never gave up. I could have actually said, you know what, I'll continue implementing the same thing and i could have probably found a job sooner, but I just wanted to change. In this field you have to be persistent. You can't give up just because one hospital said no. Specially since you said you really enjoy this type of work.
Given your past super user experience, I would put out a resume and continue applying for jobs. I have no doubt that once you get an informatics job, you'll look back and say, this was the best decision of my nursing life.
And about going to school...because you already have experience in the field (super user, training, etc), like i said before, I would start first by fixing up my resume, submitting to job boards, and see what comes up. Keep on trying and don't give up cause it would be a shame if you did.