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I am looking for my first travel assignment. I am wanting togo to the Phoenix area. I have experience with Meditech EMR system, but the recruiters are saying I will have trouble getting a position without knowing Cerner. Any advice on how I can get experience with this software?
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I am currently working in the Phoenix area and the hospital I am at does use Cerner, as well as most of the Banner facilities in the valley. However, we have had new travelers come in since they implimented Cerner and I believe the travelers are just put through the training like any other new hire (but possibly on an abbreviated basis). I was here when they started using it and it’s not that different from any other computerized charting program.
If you email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me some contact info, I can make a few calls and see if I can have someone from Banner call you. Otherwise, I’m not certain how you would gain access to this software other than working at a facility that uses it. I worked a one-day strike last year and even then they trained us in their computerized charting, so I am a bit confused that the recruiters are asking for that experience up front.
I don’t know if you are wanting Phoenix only, but right now we are experiencing the summer slow-down with all the snowbirds leaving, so the census, valley wide, has taken a hit. You might also consider Tucson or Flagstaff (may give you more opportunities to consider).