CPPS Honored at NPSF Congress
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Posted by: Mark Alpert
The National Patient Safety Foundation held the 15th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress May 8-10, 2013, in New Orleans. One highlight of the meeting was an invitation-only breakfast that brought together current or incumbent Certified Professionals in Patient Safety as well as members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS). Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, interim president of NPSF, was joined by NPSF Board Chair Gerald Hickson, MD, in hosting the event. Kathryn Rapala, DNP, JD, RN, CPPS, chair of the Expert Oversight Committee for the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety, was also on hand to congratulate and recognize newly certified professionals.
Dr. Hickson opened the breakfast with words of appreciation and recognition for the inaugural group of CPPS certificants, the significance of the credential, the challenge of being among the first exam takers, and the measure of distinction becoming a certified professional in patient safety holds.
A number of new ASPPS members have joined the society via their affiliation with various Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) collaboratives, including the Illinois Hospital Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Michigan Hospital Association/Keystone Center, New Jersey Hospital Association, and Louisiana Hospital Association. These HEN organizations are enrolled in the NPSF Patient Safety Immersion Initiative, which combines ASPPS membership with access to the NPSF online Patient Safety Curriculum and the opportunity to pursue CPPS certification.
Ms. McGaffigan also recognized the strong support for certification by Kaiser Permanente. Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS, program lead, Patient Safety & KP HealthConnect, hosted an educational webinar as a means to drive more KP patient safety professionals to become certified, ensuring they benefit from critical patient safety competencies needed in today’s complex health care environment.
In an informal “pinning” ceremony, Ms. Rapala had the honor of announcing the names of the 31 certified professionals in attendance. One by one they were called to the front of the room to say where they are from and to receive their CPPS pin.
If you have become certified but couldn’t make it to the ceremony, your pin will be mailed to you. Future certificants will receive pins with their certificates upon passing the exam.
Kaiser Permanente has generously made their webinar available to others interested in certification. You will need the WebEx ARF player to view the webinar. Click here