Bariatric Times

AUG 2016

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14 Hot Topics in Integrated Health Bariatric Times • August 2016 T he CBN Certification was the dream of bariatric nurses in the 1990s. In 2002, Kathy Fox, RN, then Chair of the Allied Health Section of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), presented a proposal in the organization for a certification for bariatric nurses. It was thought that more investigation was needed and the RN Certification Committee, later to become the CBN Certification Committee, was born. After five years of background work exploring feasibility and process required to develop a legally defensibilble program, a rigorous practice analysis (defining the role of the bariatric nurse) and expert guidance by a consultant to develop a psychometrically sound examination, the CBN Certification Program began. On June 7, 2007, the very first CBN examination was administered to more than 300 bariatric nurses. To date, more than 2,000 nurses have taken the CBN examination and more than 1,700 have been certified as CBN's. The CBN Certification Programs is administrated by the CBN Certification Committee of the ASMBS, which currently has 26 members and is divided into nine subcommittees. Each subcommittee is assigned a specific aspect of certification among the following: Practice Analysis, Examination Development, Policy and Procedures, Examination Preparation, Accreditation, Recertification, Marketing, Financial, Other Discipline Certification. The amount of work volunteered by committee members to maintain the Certification Program is significant. New examinations are constructed yearly; the polices and procedures are reviewed and updated yearly; test items are reviewed and updated regularly; newsletters are composed biannually; recertification applications are reviewed quarterly; examination preparation courses are updated and provided online and in-person; finances are reviewed and budgets developed among other tasks addressed throughout the year. REVISION OF THE BARIATRIC NURSE PRACTICE ANALYSIS The Special initiatives on which the CBN Certification Committee will focus on over the next year are as follows: an update to our recertification process and internet platform, an increase in our efforts toward attaining accreditation, and updating the CBN Practice Analysis. In this month's Hot Topics in Integrated Health column,we provide a thorough update on the revision of the CBN Practice Analysis. The Practice Analysis serves as the foundation for the CBN examination and essentially comprises the "job description" of a bariatric nurse THIS MONTH: Update on the Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN ® ) Certification Program: Revision of the Bariatric Nurse Practice Analysis by WILLIAM GOURASH, RN, CRNP, MSN Bariatric Times. 2016;13(8):14–15. This column is dedicated to covering a variety of topics relevant to the multidisciplinary care of the bariatric surgical patient. Hot Topics in INTEGRATED HEALTH A Message from the Column Editor Dear Colleague, It's hard to believe it's been months since I perhaps had the pleasure of seeing you at Obesity Week 2015! Thus far, 2016 is poised to demonstrate another productive year of accomplishments that will benefit you, thanks to the volunteerism and professional expertise of many individuals. In an effort to keep you connected with ASMBS Integrated Health (IH), I'd like to dedicate installments of this column to giving you a more "up close and personal" look at these groups of bariatric care professionals and the projects they have undertaken and accomplished. Integrated Health leadership is comprised of an Executive Council and seven working committees: Clinical Issues and Guidelines, Communications, Program and Professional Education, Membership, Multidisciplinary Care, Support Group, and Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Certification. Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Certification. This month, William Gourash, RN, CRNP, MSN, provides background on the Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Certification committee and an updates on their initiatives. We ask that all bariatric nurses take some time to complete a survey that was developed for revision of the Bariatric Nurse Practice Analysis. Spread the word to your colleagues too—we need your input. We have some wonderful topics planned for upcoming installments of "Hot Topics in Integrated Health." If you have a suggestion and/or would like to submit a submission to the column, please e-mail me at I would love to hear from you! Sincerely, Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN ASMBS Integrated Health President Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace, Maryland; President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health FEATURED AUTHOR William Gourash, RN, CRNP, MSN Division of Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery, Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Chair, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN) Certification Committee COLUMN EDITOR Nurses gathered to take the initial Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN ® ) examination offering in June 2007

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