Quote from HandmadeRN
Hi Rocknurse, good to meet another British informatics nurse!
I agree the visa is the hardest part to be honest and I don't think I could get a work visa without relying on my nursing skills. I've looked at OGP a few times and I enquired about informatics positions last year but I don't think they regularly have jobs for that specialty. I'm also thinking that if i post my CV to the HIMSS job section then I could be approached directly be interested employers there...
I'm really feeling indecisive about it all to be honest, if I were to move, I potentially would have to go back to being clinical in order to secure visa sponsorship and it would interrupt my career progression in informatics. It's also been a while since i've been clinical and I don't particularly have a desire to return to it.
Actually out of interest what's been your experience with US employers valuing your British Education (I presume you trained in the UK?!). I'm tempted to do a master's in informatics but US courses are much more expensive than here in the UK. However if a MSc in the UK doesn't carry any weight in the US for nurse informatics then I wonder if there would be any point in doing it.
Yes, you would most likely have to go back to clinical in order to be sponsored but that's not such a terrible thing because once you're here you'll be able to look for jobs as soon as your contract is over. There are lots of analyst positions and I get headhunting emails on a weekly basis looking for Cupid analysts (cardiology in Epic...that's what I do).
Honestly the whole visa thing is such a minefield that if you can have a company take care of that for you, you'd be better off. OGP worked out for me and now look at me! There are lots of people here wanting to get into informatics so I'm not sure if they'd consider hiring from abroad, but then again there seems to be a need.
No, they won't really consider your UK education all that much except for making aure you're eligible to sit for the NCLEX. They don't understand UK education and they can't translate so you'd have to get your transcript reviewed and evaluated. If you came over as a nurse and passed your NCLEX then they would understand that. It would be worth doing that, and OGP will help you with it. They had me get mine evaluated at the time. I had to go to a state I didn't want at first but it was a good experience and I remember it fondly. In the end I ended up on the opposite side of the country. I did my bachelor's and am doing my master's over here. It's easier in that sense because it outs you on an equal footing right away. Yes it's expensive. It really comes down to the question: how much do you want to be in the USA? There are tons of opportunities here but you have to play the game, and that means US degrees. The minimum I recommend is a BSN. I came over as a diploma nurse and took the NCLEX and then did an RN to BSN program. The BSN opened many doors. Good luck with it all!