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AUG 2016

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Hot Topics in Integrated Health Bariatric Times • August 2016 d eveloped by bariatric nurses. The original practice analysis, developed 2005 to 2007 was published in the Journal Surgery For Obesity And Related Diseases.1 As part of m aintaining a valid examination, the analysis must undergo comprehensive review and update on a periodic basis. We are working with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP, a P SI business, Olathe, Kansas), an organization that specializes in certification program development, administration, and testing processes. Early in 2016, a Practice Analysis T ask Force Advisory group was established by the Practice Analysis Subcommittee. The Task Force comprises expert bariatric nurses with diversification in geographic location, b ariatric surgical experience, and practice areas across the continuum of bariatric nursing care. The goal was to capture how the practice of bariatric nursing has changed over the last 10 y ears. They searched and reviewed the current body of knowledge of bariatric nursing care, which included the collection and review of background information and materials related to bariatric surgery, including the prior job analysis, standards of practice, educational curricula, job descriptions, documents, pamphlets, reference books, medical and nursing literature. The results, showing significant changes to the role and practice of bariatric nursing over the last 10 years, have been synthesized and incorporated into a revised practice analysis draft. Bariatric Nurse Practice Analysis Survey—We Need Your Input. Next, a web-based survey was developed at a joint meeting of the bariatric nurse content experts (the task force) and AMP consultants. The focus of the survey is to obtain feedback and validation of practice analysis with updated changes from bariatric nurses who are practicing in the field. The survey was pilot tested and the necessary modifications made. An invitation to complete the survey with the survey link was distributed to a target audience of about 2,000 practicing bariatric nurses, CBNs, and Non-CBNs for whom we were able to collect contact information. We are still in the process of conducting the survey and would like to invite all bariatric nurses to participate. If you have not received a link to the survey or have misplaced your link and have not completed the survey as of yet, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C BA_PA16 . As a bariatric nurse, your input is essential in ensuring we represent all aspects of bariatric nursing care. The end date for completion of the survey is Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12 midnight EST. After the survey completion end date, AMP will compile the data and summarize t he results to be reviewed by the Practice Analysis Task Force Advisory Group. An updated practice analysis document will be generated that appropriately incorporates the validated s urvey results. This document will then become the foundation for the examination, recertification, examination preparation and all aspects of the CBN Certification. E ditor's Note: If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to send an e-mail to CBN@ASMBS.org. R EFERENCES 1. Berger NK, Carr JJ, Erickson JE, Gourash WF, Muenzen P, Smolenak L, et al. Path to bariatric nurse certification: the practice analysis. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010;6:399–407. FUNDING: No funding was provided for this article. DISCLOSURES: The author reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article. A DDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: William Gourash, RN, CRNP, MSN; E-mail: gourashwf@upmc.edu Take the survey at Take the survey at h ttps://www.surveymonkey. ttps://www.surveymonkey. p y y com/r/CBA_PA16 _ Scan the QR code for a direct link to the survey

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