I am currently working in psych and really enjoy it, but at some point I would really like an opportunity in informatics. After graduation I worked on a med/surg floor for 2 years and was a super user during a transition to CERNER. I left that position a couple of months after the launch and am now working at an HCA facility in psych. We use meditech and while I am not a super user yet, I have been involved in training others when updates have been made. I will keep looking for opportunities like that, and will be more involved when the opportunity is available. I will be finishing my last class for BSN this summer and have no plans to move on to a master's degree at this point.
So with that said, I am considering signing up for the HITECH program (trainer). I have read that it is time consuming and that there may not be a big benefit for the certification. The comments I read were mostly from IT people, but a couple of nurses didn't think the courses helped them land a job. Anyone here have experience or knowledge of these certifications? I don't mind putting in the time and effort, but I don't want to go through it if there is not a real benefit. Any advice or comments would be appreciated.