Michigan Nurse Informatics Certification - MI
Nursing informatics is a new and interesting career that is just now coming into an age of maturity. If you are ready for a career in this exciting field, there are a few things that you will need to know.
First of all, the State of Michigan does not provide state licensure over nursing informatics. So there is not a specific Michigan nursing informatics certification. While you can avoid the state license requirement on that end, you cannot avoid the fact that you must be a registered and licensed nurse in Michigan. So, the first thing that you should learn is how to become a registered nurse.
To become a registered nurse, or RN, the first step is to take the NCLEX examination, or National Council Licensure Examination. This is a required test with a $200 fee. After you have completed your education, which we will discuss further in this article, you will be eligible to sit for this test, administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
Keep these aspects in mind as you begin to develop a career in the field nursing informatics:
- It is an absolute requirement to be a registered nurse. Once you have passed the NCLEX, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will issue your registration.
- The Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) is only one of the credentialing options that you have, which you can get from the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). It is not a mandate for you to receive CPHIMS certification but doing so can put you at the top of the list for potential employers.
Now that you have passed the NCLEX exam, the next thing is to sit for the ANCC exam, which is what will actually get you registered as a nurse. There will be an initial charge of $390 for the test, and you will, once certified, be expected to renew your title every 5 years. Renewal requirements do change quite often, so you should speak with the ANCC to clarify what they are.
Remember that you can receive an additional credential by taking the CPHIMS test. The test itself will cost about $375, and the value of the credential is much more than the cost of the test. Credentials are an important part of your learning process and your ability to function well in your job. They are also highly respected by employers, so you should consider any credentialing process available to you. The CPHIMS designation does have to be renewed every 3 years by either retaking the initial test or by completing 45 hours of additional education.