First off, I want to say thank you for making this blog and sharing your journey as an epic pharmacist! I didn’t even know this existed for a pharmacist and I am beginning my own journey to apply for any positions to get my foot in as I am kind of burned out from my current position after my current hospital I work at was taken over by a different corporate chain.
With that said, we are actually planning to transition to Epic next Feb and I have inquired about Epic training. Seems like they don’t want to sponsor anyone to get Willow certificate but would just have SuperUser training along with some system support during the implementation phase. I have inquired and expressed great interest in being a superuser as I have been doing a great deal of that work anyways with Cerner (current EHR). I am still waiting for answers, but I was wondering if it would be worth it to stay around until implementation whether or not I get to be a superuser to gain experience or I should just pursue getting into agency or other companies that would possibly lead to Epic certification. I was thinking it would be competitive but the chances might be better in more remote and undesirable locations.
Second question is whether or not I would need to obtain pharmacist license for a different state if I were to relocate somewhere else. As that may be a longer process and not to mention costly, I would ideally want to pursue it only if hired but at the same time wouldn’t want to be weeded out because of that requirement. Would it be typically listed on the requirements as part of the job description? The jobs that I looked at sometimes would or would not include it so just curious.
Thank you so much for your time and helping out others looking for opportunities!
I realize that my response might be a moot point by now as it is significantly delayed (sorry about that), but I am going to go ahead and answer your questions anyway in case someone else in a similar situation has the same questions.
The SuperUser role is NOT the same as being a certified Epic Willow pharmacist or Epic Willow Analyst. If that is all your organization wants to spend money on internally while going through this switch over then don’t wait for them to send you for certification with Epic. That is a far more involved and lengthy process, and a lot more costly for your organization.
My advice is that you look elsewhere if certification is truly your end goal. Yes, it is very competitive and finding a company (agency or direct health organization) that is willing to pay for certification these days is quite rare (at least, this is what I am seeing being in the field), so get ready for an uphill battle, many applications, and almost as many rejections; but you only need one “Yes”. I’m sorry to paint a bleak picture but this is currently what the reality is shaping up to be.
With respect to getting licensed if you relocate to another state, your Epic Willow certification doesn’t require you to be licensed in the state you work in but if you are relocating (as opposed to flying in weekly to work on the project – this is another way some people do this) then it is advisable that you get a license in that state so that if you ever decide to move on, you can still get other jobs in that state. Also, if you relocate and you get that state’s licensure, you can also moonlight in the hospital as a regular pharmacist or at a retail or community pharmacy just for some extra cash.