Anyone Certified As An Epic Analyst? - page 2

I am going to the Epic Corp soon to start working on my certification for the Epic System. I have been working as an Epic Analyst/Trainer for a short time, and no one in our group has their... Read More

  1. by   Brownms46
    Quote from labella
    Hi,
    I am interested in getting Epic certified. I understand from another forum that one either has to be employed by Epic or work for a hospital that uses Epic to get trained. Have you heard anything different?
    Thanks you!
    Angela is absolutely correct! You can not obtained Epic Certification on your own, nor can you maintain that certification. A NVT ( New Version) recert is required each year to maintain your Epic Certification, and you must still be employed by or working for an agency that supplies Contractors to Epic Clients.

    Certification requires that you have access to Epic's Client website and ISWTD playground in order to obtain training info, and complete required "projects" depending on the training you are working on.

    It took me almost a year to complete my Ambulatory Certification, and less than 6 six months to complete ASAP ED Cert. For me the projects were killers, but there are those who breeze right thru the requirements.

    I am a builder which I totally love, and do integrated testing which I do not love, but it is all part of the implementation process. I LOVE this position and thank God daily for the opportunity I have been given
  2. by   Brownms46
    Quote from Brownms46
    Well I have finally gained certification as an ASAP ED Dept Epic Analyst, and it was a very difficult path for me. But one more exam to pass and I am will have my second certification as an Epic Ambulatory Analyst, and I am loving every day I work.
    Last month I finally received my Epic Ambulatory Certification, and still loving my position with an awesome healthcare system! The only stress I have ever had in this position was passing these certifications! I am hoping next year to become certified in Clin Doc and OpTime
  3. by   rninformatics
    CONGRATS on obtaining your Epic Certification!

    Quote from Brownms46
    Last month I finally received my Epic Ambulatory Certification, and still loving my position with an awesome healthcare system! The only stress I have ever had in this position was passing these certifications! I am hoping next year to become certified in Clin Doc and OpTime
  4. by   Brownms46
    Quote from rninformatics
    CONGRATS on obtaining your Epic Certification!
    Thank you Angela! This is my second EPIC certification, and I am so glad to be done ! At least for now.
  5. by   GJS0221
    Hi PeggyCA10RN,
    I can tell you a lot about making the transition from the bedside to an EPIC application analyst. The company I work for is ramping up for a big EPIC implementation. If you want to talk to someone about that, you can email me at


    Gilian posting private e-mail addresses on the forum is not allowed.
    Peggy please private message Gillian instead
    Thanks
    Angela
  6. by   3rdcareerRN
    I'n not Epic certified, but I found this article about Epic to be very interesting:

    http://www.healthcare-informatics.co...68D87839295283

    "Behind the Curtain
    Epic's unwavering commitment to its unique values has created an unusual recipe for success. "
  7. by   kateskie08
    I would like to inquire where to apply to be a nurse informatics/epic certified nurse?
  8. by   kateskie08
    HI Gillian0221,

    I am really interested in nursing informatics/ epic application analyst, though am in nursing management right now. I don't know how and where to begin.
  9. by   kateskie08
    Hi Gillian0221,

    Hope you can tell me where to apply to be an epic application analyst. I am really very interested but don't know where to start.
    Thanks
  10. by   perseus29
    Quote from kateskie08
    Hi Gillian0221,

    Hope you can tell me where to apply to be an epic application analyst. I am really very interested but don't know where to start.
    Thanks
    I'm not Gillian, but if the hospital you're working at doesn't have epic implemented or projects going, one way to 'get in' is to scour job boards looking for hospitals that are looking for rn's trying to make a switch into epic implementations; in the past there have been postings from hospitals looking for rns with no experience wanting to get into epic implementations. I must tell you though, those come like once a year---if they come at all.

    Of course, another way is to inquire through your friends if hospitals in your area have epic, and if so, you might want to find out who their project manager is, or the person in charge of hiring for the project, and then go talk to them and see if they got any openings....

    The easiest way of course, is when your hospital has an implementation going on,because then you can volunteer to be a superuser, or volunteer for anything else going on;

    When I switched from clinical nursing to informatics, I spent 8 months going to hospitals, submitting resumes, networking with my friends and I had experience working at a large IT company; i just didn't have the clinical IT experience implemeting projects at hospitals, but I had implemented projects for non health care related companies. Even then, it took me that long to find a job, but my persistence finally paid off.
  11. by   rninformatics
    Greetings Kateskie08

    FYI you only need to post the same question once.

    In answer to your questions. The best way to get a job as an Epic analyst is to go straight to the source -- Epic. The other alternative is to apply for an open position with a hospital that is looking to fill such a position.
    Nursing Informatics is not synonymous with being an "Epic Analyst". Is there some reason that even though you have no nursing informatics, clinical informatics, healthcare information systems experience but you "want to be an Epic analyst/Nurse Informaticist"? You may want to investigate exactly what being an analyst (Epic, McKesson, Meditech analyst) or an Informatics Nurse means.
    Related to your interest in Nursing Informatics and "where to begin" I'd suggest doing some research on the specialty.
    Try starting with the ANA/ANCC website and using the search term: Nursing Informatics, try searching the web using the same search term, purchase a nursing informatics text and learn about the specialty, join your local NI organization and learn and network; read the numerous posts on this forum and learn about the specialty; contact an experienced Informatics Nurse and ask to be mentored; take a look at the websites of ANIA (the American Nursing Informatics Association) and AMIA-NIWG (the American Medical Informatics Association - Nursing Informatics Work Group) to learn more about the specialty. If you do not know how to contact your local NI organization, pm me or e-mail me and tell me what state you live in and I can provide you with contact info.
    Good Luck!

    Quote from kateskie08
    HI Gillian0221,

    I am really interested in nursing informatics/ epic application analyst, though am in nursing management right now. I don't know how and where to begin.
    Last edit by rninformatics on Jun 27, '08 : Reason: cause
  12. by   Brownms46
    Quote from kateskie08
    HI Gillian0221,

    I am really interested in nursing informatics/ epic application analyst, though am in nursing management right now. I don't know how and where to begin.

    There are hospitals looking for nurses all the time, and are willing to train them on Epic applications. If you have a 4 year degree in just about anything, and a grade average of more than 3.6, and under 30 years of age, you might be able to get hired by Epic Systems. It is a long process, and requires relocation to Madison, WI.

    Otherwise, the only other way to gain epic certification is to be employed by a hospital system or a clinical ambulatory group, that is using epic, and there are many out there in TX, NV, WA, CA, Atlanta, VA, AZ, HI, IL, etc. So post a resume, keep a look out for employers on careerbuilders, and monster.com, and Dice.com for potential positions requiring little or no software background.

    I found my first position on careerbuilders, and I had no formal background in IT, but was very pc savy, and was an LPN. I was hired and then the company was both out by a huge healthcare system, that helped me obtain certification. I am very grateful to them!
  13. by   annette LPN
    Hello,
    I have gone through multiple Epic Certifications. I am also an LPN who has worked with the Epic Applications since 1998. I am certified in EpicCare Ambulatory, In-Patient Clinical Documentation and a certified trainer. Currently I am the Director of EMR Implementations and love my job! The Epic Certification exams are complex.... Complete your projects prior to your exams, write our your scenarios and take the practice exams in the manuals before your exams. As with any test, study well, have your manuals and a computer available as most exams are open book/computer access.

    The exams are graded very specifically. If the questions ask to to diagram or explain a process, be prepared to do so in detail.
    annette

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