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Karin Lillis

Karin Lillis is managing editor of EndoNurse magazine and a contributing writer for Infection Control Today. She has more than 20 years of experience in health, news and business publishing-from community-based daily newspapers to clinical nursing and other magazines. She graduated from DeSales University with a degree in English/Communications.

High Interest in Certification for Flexible-Endoscope Reprocessing

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One of our recent articles, "Certification for Flexible-Endoscope Reprocessing" is causing explosive web traffic this month, and it's easy to see why.

Reprocessors want to learn, get opportunities, receive more respect, and have the tools to do their jobs as best as possible. Getting paid a decent wage wouldn't hurt either. So when an article like "Certification for Flexible-Endoscope Reprocessing," written by an expert, Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPDM, comes along, why wouldn't this group of dedicated, underrated professionals jump at the chance to learn how they can improve their standing?

Chobin is the volunteer executive director of the CBSPD and the sterile-processing educator for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, in West Orange, N.J., and strongly believes in giving members of the sterile-processing department the resources to do their jobs. The most important resource? Education. That's what her article provides. Another important resource? Certification, and that's what the article covers.

Interested parties who meet certain qualifications can take the exam for flexible-endoscope reprocessors. The exams are computer based, and performed by a professional testing agency with more than 1,500 testing sites nationwide. The testing windows are the first full week of the months of February, May, August and November. 

Most of the people reading Chobin's article are probably interested in seeking certification. Personally, I think that's wonderful. Since the SPD world typically pays low and receives inadequate respect, it would be understandable if the employees there were too embittered to try to advance their skills. But alas, they care about patient safety (and career advancement, and there's nothing wrong with that), and want to continue their education.

To read the article, click here. http://www.endonurse.com/articles/2011/12/certification-for-flexible-endoscope-reprocessors.aspx For more information on certification, visit the CBSPD webpage at, www.sterileprocessing.org, or contact the CBSPD at (800) 555-9765.

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