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Murse901 MSN, RN

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Murse901 has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Emergency, Case Management, Informatics.

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  1. Murse901

    Nursing Informatics CE -- any one-stop shops?

    Ah, looks like I totally overlooked the whole-conference packages and just saw the individual presentations at $20-30/each. Oops! I can handle $199 + the $79 membership fee quite a bit more than I can handle $600. Thanks to both of ya! :)
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    PSA: WGU now has an MSN in Informatics...

    I don't even mind the 3P's as part of informatics curriculum. 1) Those courses just make one a better clinician, which is necessary for bridging the gap between IT and providers. 2) It opens the door for a post-Master's NP down the road if one wants to change paths. But Professional Presence, Translational Research, Organizational Leadership, garbage garbage garbage. Even the policy course is unnecessary, because the knowledge will be outdated by the time one graduates. Wrap all of these up into one general professional practice course to touch on the high-level stuff. If you're looking to move up into nursing leadership, I guess the MSN is valuable. I think you'll get more traction in the long run with your MBA. I think if you're looking at a CIO type position, the MS in IT Management paired with the MBA might be better as the CIO deals with a lot more moving parts outside of nursing informatics. Don't get me wrong -- I don't think that the MSN in general is useless. I just think that, in many cases, the programs are poorly thought out. The focus should be, "How will the student actually be able to apply this information in the real world" and not "How many generic courses can we pack in to avoid building new courses". The latter seems to be the case with this new program at WGU. As an aside, I've been on several interviews this year for various leadership and management positions, both within and outside of my organization. I even took on an interim unit manager role over the summer before deciding that inpatient management was not for me. In every single one of those interviews, the interviewers were far more impressed that I had a WGU MBA than with the fact that I was pursuing an MSN in Executive Leadership at a well-known local university. Of course, that may have more to do with the fact that the MBA was complete at the time and the MSN was still in progress. I don't know.
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    PSA: WGU now has an MSN in Informatics...

    Despite the fact that I have my MSN, I've never been a big fan of Master's-level nursing programs. There's just entirely too much fluff and not enough meat. It's even worse in NP programs, where you get a handful of clinical courses and a bunch of useless theory. Sadly, looking at WGU's offering for this new program, it's just more of the same. Lots of generic fluff and only a few informatics-specific courses. Further, two big areas in HIT are on pace for rapid expasion -- information security and data analytics/reporting. I would think it would be more beneficial for someone interested in a career in HIT to pursue one of those areas, and WGU has a Master's for both. Additionally, you get some industry-recognized certifications that go with both of those. How truly useful they are, I don't know, but at least you get some extra glitter on your resume. You get nothing with the MSN in Informatics, not even a CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician. Speaking as a WGU fan, twice over, I think this was a huge miss for WGU. Poorly planned and implemented, and looks like little more than a money grab.
  4. Murse901

    Nurse Informatics MSN Info (Salary, experience, etc)

    In my organization -- 14-hospital system in Memphis, TN -- neither an MSN nor a BSN nets any additional pay over an ADN. The only thing the degree gets you is a leg up on the competition. No additional pay for IT experience, either. It all comes down to experience as an RN and how long you've worked for the organization. Entry level NI in my organization is about 65k.
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  6. How big is the organization you work for? I think that's going to be the biggest factor in getting a foot in the door. Smaller systems (or worse yet, single hospitals and clinics) will have one or no informaticist. A large system is going to have constant movement in and out of positions. I work for a system that spans 17 hospitals and several hundred practices and clinics, so our EHR department is huge. We recently had a dozen or so analysts leave to go off to consultant positions, which is how I lucked out and got my position.
  7. I'm going back Feb 16th/17th for my last class. I didn't make it to my class this week due to O'Hare getting shut down by snow. We'll have to meet up for a beer in Madison!
  8. Quick update for anyone following this thread. I've spent the last two weeks traveling back and forth for Epic training. The Epic campus is really amazing and, yes, as sweetlilwolf said, the food and coffee is amazing (Magic Coffee ftw). I think I gained 10 pounds while I was there. The classes go fast, but I think the trainers do a pretty good job of reinforcing all of the education and giving lots of opportunity for hands-on work in the training environment. Sadly, my flight for my last class this week was cancelled due to weather, so I'll have to wait until at least February before I'm able to get Epic certified. I'll still officially transfer into the new position next week, but won't be able to actually do any of the real work until I'm certified. I'm so glad I was able to jump onto this opportunity. I wish I had done it a few years ago, but that's just how it goes. Just putting all this out there to say that if you're thinking about going for an informatics/IT job at your organization, pull the trigger now.
  9. I did end up accepting the job. I'm actually flying out to Madison tomorrow evening for my first training session at Epic HQ. Wish me luck!
  10. Just a quick update -- I got the job offer and it came with a pretty decent raise. I'm 99% sure I'm going to take it, but will have to talk it over with the wife because I'd have to travel 3 or 4 times to Epic HQ in Wisconsin for about a week at a time to get Epic certified.
  11. Since I didn't get any input here, I turned to a non-nursing forum that I regularly post on. A member there suggested that I look on LinkedIn for people who have similar jobs to see what their background is. This turned out to be great advice, because I found that NONE of the Epic clinical analysts that I looked at (about 20) had ANY technical background or certifications -- they were just RNs, lab techs, and other clinical personnel who just jumped into Epic. Their only certs were Epic certs, which you can only get by working for Epic or being sponsored by your organization. So, I just decided to forget about stressing myself out with additional certifications and send my application in as-is.
  12. Murse901

    Would you report this error?

    I honestly stopped reading after that. Yes. Whatever the question is, if it's related to narcotics, report it.
  13. Trying to figure out what the next step in my career will be. Before my nursing career, I was an aspiring IS guy, but never snagged a job higher than helpdesk support. I missed the 90s IT bubble and by the time I'd gotten into the field in the late 90s/early 00s, everyone wanted a CS degree. Nursing informatics has always been interesting to me. I know it's not a true IS job, but I think I'm definitely prepared experientially for a position that bridges the gap between nursing and IS knowledge bases. Now, my organization is expanding -- just bought four hospitals in another region -- and thus our EHR group at corporate is expanding. They're hiring for Epic application analysts with RN experience. The only problem that I foresee is that the job listing states "training in information systems required". So, the question is -- are there any somewhat valuable certifications that I can get to validate my IS/IT knowledge, to make me more competitive for the job? I'm not talking about cramming for some IT cert that I have no knowledge in, just to get some paper. I mean something that will validate intermediate-level IS experience that I already have, that could apply to a nursing informatics/application analyst position. In the stone age of my career, I got my A+, Network+, and a few other certs, but those aren't really applicable and they're all outdated anyway. I was thinking about CompTIAs Healthcare IT Technician, but is there anything better?
  14. Murse901

    WGU will not accept me

    And here again, we have someone posting under the guise of asking for advice, but just dismissing all reasonable responses and making personal attacks on those that are genuinely attempting to help. How do these people avoid washing out of nursing school in the first place?
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    Working as WGU evaluator worth anything on resume?

    I'm sure that doctoral preparation is preferred for evaluators, but I find it unlikely that a ton of DNP/PhD-prepared nurses are chomping at the bit for a $21/hour evaluator job. Then again, course mentors don't make a whole lot more than that, so I could be way off-base. Edit: this isn't intended to disparage anyone working for WGU -- just to make a point that, yeah, a lot of companies prefer a qualification, but that doesn't mean that they're going to get a lot of candidates that fit that preference.
  16. Since this thread has resurfaced, I'll just post a quick update that I transferred to another program at the same university where I was in the NP track. I had to take a few extra courses that were not part of the curriculum for the new program. But, I'm happy to say, I'm in my final semester and set to graduate with my MSN on December 11th at 11:00am. Not that anyone is counting or anything.