Quote from overtonis
Thanks. You basically said same thing a recruiter just told me. He said only requirement is BSN and that Masters Degree is usually not mandatory.
His suggestions were:
1) try to increase my role with either Sorian or Epic at my hospital (maybe become power user?)
2) He mentioned getting a general informatics certification. I know there is specific certification for Epic in Wisconsin, not sure about Sorian. But he was referring to just getting some form of certification in informatics to show intent on my part to move into informatics. I will search around for certification but would only want one that is accredited. Any suggestions on getting general nursing informatics certification?
1. Absolutely right...get involved with "user meetings," try to become a superuser for go lives, see if the IT dept at the hospital you work at needs testers, etc. This is the type of experience that without a doubt will help you later on in getting a job.
I think universities now are doing a good job in marketing the idea that you need a master's degree to get a job in this field, but that is not necessarily true; also, just because you have a master's degree doesn't mean that you will immediately get hired; the master's degree will probably help you get an interview, but if you also have some experience as I mentioned above, that will also get you an interview.
2. Epic is the only vendor that seems to require certification, which is given by them; if you find somebody online who says they will certify you in Epic if you send them some money, click away!
To be certified in Epic, you either have to work for them, or for a hospital that will send you to Wisconsin to train you in epic, or some consulting companies will also hire you and send you away for training. Just watch out for those as they will really pay you a low salary and make you sign a contract for 2 years or so---at least that's what I've been told by some readers of my blog.
As far as I know, no certification needed for Soarian. Cerner will certify you in an application, but also not required to get jobs. Like epic, Cerner trains you in a specific application, you pass a test, and then you get a certificate, but again, when you look for Cerner jobs, it won't say, "certification required" like many Epic jobs require.
Not sure about other vendors, but as far as I know, vendor certification which is mandatory seems to be only associated with Epic.
As far as university certifications...if you can get experience as mentioned above while working as a nurse, that's better than having a certification. Some people believe that enhances their resume, but personally, I don't think a certificate alone will get you a job.
As stephenfnielsen commented, "a portfolio of experience is much more impressive" and I would add, useful in landing a job.