The recent OR Today webinar “CE is Not a Commodity” was presented by Jim Stobinski, CEO of the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI). He discussed the use of continuing education (CE) in the nursing profession.

Many nurses are required to earn CE to facilitate renewal of their license and various nursing credentials utilize CE as part of the recertification mechanism.

Stobinski said that the use in CE in American professions has a long history and it is a method with which many health care workers are very familiar. However, the evidence linking CE and enhancements in the competency of the learner are, at best, tenuous.

The purpose of the webinar was to acquaint learners with how the use of CE has been commercialized in nursing. CE has become a commodity of sorts in which nurses engage in a transactional basis detached from the original intent of the learning activity. A proposed new model of continuous professional development was provided in the webinar. The proposed model melds the business needs of surgery and the enhancement of nursing competency.

Webinar attendees provided positive feedback regarding the webinar in a post-webinar survey.

“I enjoyed today’s presentation. The slides were clear and easy to follow. The speaker was able to establish the importance of why the current standard needs to change which is important in implementing any change, especially one that changes a standard that has been long held,” said W. Henderson, OP coordinator.

“OR Today offers current and relevant webinars for those nurses who want to stay on the cutting edge of perioperative nursing practice. The information was new and will affect my learning and practice in the future, as well as my re-certification considerations,” said K. Knapp, Clinical Supervisor.

“I think these webinars are great – very timely and helpful information in the real world,” said Clinical Improvement Safety Business Partner T. Ralls.

“I was very impressed with Jim’s presentation today. He shared a small bit of this change at the CCI CSSM Standard Setting and Form Review committee meeting I attended in late May 2018, and after his explanation today I am very glad I listened to him, both on the webinar and in Denver,” said P. Borello, CNM Periop Services.

“OR Today’s webinar series NEVER disappoints! Topics are always relevant! Thank you,” said B. Holder, QI/IC/Safety/RM/Compliance Officer.

“OR Today’s webinar series through independent professional accountability provides valuable updated evidence-based information that enhances professional knowledge which  leads to improved patient care,” said Perioperative Educator C. Curcin.

“This is my first experience with OR Today’s webinars – I found it to be very informative. I highly recommend this particular webinar, and look forward to attending future webinars,” Director of Nursing J. Maple said.

For more details about the OR Today webinar series, visit ortoday.com/upcoming-webinars.