Alien05, they were either super-users, on an informatics committee as I was, several were working part-time with EHRs. A few had worked in the IT field before becoming nurses (so many nurses are second career). Some were already in a position and wanted the higher education and certification.
As time has gone on, many of my classmates have gotten higher level positions or lead positions in Informatics. 3 of them were military and I guess they are trying to upgrade the very old EHR system the VA has.
i have been working, volunteering, to be on our informatics task force to optimize flowsheets, help with care plans
, teach the new upgrades. I am getting ready to move to a clinic position so now I need to learn the ambulatory system. I am basically using my MSN as a requirement for an advanced position, not in my specialty or informatics. Do not regret the education, but I feel that I was not prepared to go from floor nursing to an Informatics position.