Fast-paced Epic lunch and learns help SRC prepare for June 1 go-live

At a recent lunch and learn, attendees followed up with the instructor after the class. Shown (l-r) are: Sandra Howell-Gordon, RN; Epic instructor Cindy Charles, RN; Barbara Cardito, RN, Surgical Unit (Verdi 5N); and Julie Torello, RN, Medical Unit (SLA 4).
At a recent lunch and learn, attendees followed up with the instructor after the class. Shown (l-r) are: Sandra Howell-Gordon, RN; Epic instructor Cindy Charles, RN; Barbara Cardito, RN, Surgical Unit (Verdi 5N); and Julie Torello, RN, Medical Unit (SLA 4).

In addition to classroom training, shadowing on York Street, practicing in the Epic playground and lunch and learns for discussing workflow topics, employees on the Saint Raphael Campus are dogged in their pursuit of a flawless Epic golive on June 1.

Lunch and learns anticipate the questions that will come up at go-live and provide helpful information on how to find everything in Epic that the clinician or employee had used in the former hospital system.

"Lunch and learns and the other educational opportunities such as the upcoming webinars are extremely helpful but it is the pre-go-live practice that will have the biggest impact on day one," said Mary Cleary, RN, coordinator of nursing education, Nursing Staff Development, and clinical co-leader for Epic training.

"My advice is to practice in the playground and participate as much as you can in the webinars and lunch/learns — it will make a difference when we go live."

At one lunch and learn, the attendees delved into the fine points of documenting in the care plan and the Medical Administration Record — or MAR. They also charted in Epic a patient named Molly who was insulin-dependent. They learned how to create a customized note for Molly and how to save it in Epic for possible use with other insulin-dependent patients.

"As a super user, I've had a lot of Epic training but the lunch and learns are very beneficial," says Sandra Howell-Gordon, RN, instructor, Nursing Staff Development. "You take in a tremendous amount of information in the classes and that can be overwhelming. If you missed a point in the training, the lunch and learns let you spend a little more time on a question. I recommend lunch and learns for anyone — they really help with the prep for go-live."

The schedules for both the lunch and learns and webinars are posted on the Epic intranet site.