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Has anyone gone to paperless Epic charting in Labor and Del or Post Part?

I'm not a nurse yet but our entire hospital system uses Epic charting...the only things on paper are the appropriate consents and the ppwork that goes to the state...


Specializes in Special Care Nursery.

massbaby said:

Has anyone gone to paperless Epic charting in Labor and Del or Post Part?

We use it were I work (Mom/Baby & SCN). I'v been there 3 years and they were using it before I got there. Let me know if you have questions. I would be happy to help.


Specializes in L&D,Mother/Baby, WHNP,Educator,NICU.

Yup. I like it for Postpartum and NICU, but hate it for L&D.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

Yes, our facility uses it hospital-wide, including L&D/Mother/Baby. It's the only EMR I'm familiar with for L&D, so I have no complaints.

Thanks for your reply getting use to it but a lot of sreens and clicking Admissions to

to L andD seem to take forever 

Any tips would be appreciated Seems like with all the screens I just go back to a good ole nursing note!!!

hi guys, i wanted to ask if you guys can give me some input on the charting..I'm a new grad but been out of school since 2010, the hospital that i am working at right now is using EPIC for the charting. everything was pretty new to me. I'm struggling on my first and 2nd day of oreintation. tomorrow will be my 3rd day. i just wanted to ask you guys if you guys have any idea on the process of the charting. i've noticed that they don't use SOAP, fDAR..these SOAP, fDAR are the only 2 that i am familiar with during school days. to give you guys an idea here's the example given to me as a sample but not the actual. i've been trying to get this on my head hoping i can get a better understanding on how they formulate it. any infor will be a great help.. thanks


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thanks for your rply can you given me some advice about how you document your mother baby discharge instriuctions --it never seems complete or done of course i always do a note too


do you use Stork monitoring with epic?

may ia sk why do you hte it for L&D it is difficult!!

I am new to EPIC and would like to know how to locate a discharged patient. Please help.

ashleyisawesome, BSN, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

We just switched to EPIC in January and it's okay. We do "pre birth visits/phone calls" where the patient comes in or calls in a few weeks before they are due and a nurse fills out most of their admission, so when they come in to be admitted we only have to fill in a few things. Of course some don't do it, or go into preterm labor and don't have a chance to do it, but the admission isn't all that bad. Make use of the tab on the side where you can see "Required Documentation". It will show you what you still need to chart and what was done.

I actually like the Labor charting. I feel like I chart a lot less, but the same information as before. We used to do a lot of double charting, and now it's more streamlined. No reason for me to chart delivery times or cervical checks I did not perform when the doctor is going to be charting them anyway.

Newborn charting in postpartum is a pain, because I end up going into a lot of different tabs and forgetting things (especially the RAPP score, why can't that just be in the assessment tab!). PP charting for mom is pretty easy, I have no complaints there.

Sorry I work night shift and have only done 1 or 2 discharges, so I don't know the ins and outs of it, but from what I recall it was pretty simple. Again, check the tab and click "Req Doc" and it will show if you are missing anything.


Has 20 years experience.

I have done Epic for L&D at a few hospitals, and I will say this: it's different at each hospital, to a degree, what they require for charting and what they don't. The hospital where I learned Epic for L&D had a very long, complicated, not streamlined form of charting, and it really DID take forever to do anything for one patient. On the other hand, at another hospital where I worked, they had Epic super streamlined and tailored to L&D, and the charting was fast and easy and I could fly through it no problem.

As far as your navigator tabs (triage, admission, discharge), those are just something that take time learning to get through, and repetition will make you faster. When I first started doing the triage/admission navigators I was really slow, but now I can fly through it because I'm used to it and know what to expect.

Epic can be a complicated system, but once you learn it it's actually a decent EMR in my opinion.

Edited to add: the previous poster hits on another crucial tip, the "required documentation" tab. I always keep that open on my sidebar, and it makes my life SO much easier. That feature is a huge help.


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