Well to make a long story short. I have been a nurse for about 18 years-ish or so. Got my start in acute care on a cardiac telemetry unit as a first job. Then started working ER and Trauma a few years. Then, eventually went into management positions of various sorts - which even though encouraged to pursue management - it just didn't work out.
So - after being away from the bedside for 5 years-ish or so. And completely took a break from healthcare and work alltogether for about a year. I have decided to go back to the bedside on an Open Heart Step Down Unit.
Just had open house orientation this week and will be taking tele course soon. Then ACLS and on the floor for the hands on orientation.
I know that the hands on clinical will come with a little bit of time. However - the computer system called EPIC.....well - that is a different story! And I am someone that is well acquainted with computers..........Just not this software program.
We went through some of the EPIC orientation this week, but still feel lost. Even, just getting started assigning patients to yourself seems to be a bit of a task. If I can get past this, well - then I think the rest will come a bit easier. This appears to be a better program than the facility I came from had - but geez!
Does anyone have any recommendations for someone like me coming back to the bedside and experiencing EPIC for the first time? I really would like to self study at home. (of course work with IS/IT/Nurse informatist too)
Any web sites out there for tutorials? I know that the software can be somewhat hospital specific - but I would like to think the basics are fairly similar.
A bit overwhelmed.....