Testing for patient safety credential begins next month

Testing for the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential will begin March 5, which coincides with the start of Patient Safety Awareness Week. The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPSS), which administers the credentialing process, said certification would be conferred upon healthcare professionals who meet knowledge requirements in safety science, human factors engineering, and the practice of safe care.

Certification requires a combination of education and experience, as well as successful completion of the evidence-based certification exam, which tests candidates on six core patient safety domains:

  • Culture
  • Leadership, Risk Identification and Analysis
  • Data Management System Design
  • Mitigating Risk through Systems Thinking and Design
  • Human Factors Analysis
  • External Influences on Patient Safety

"It is widely recognized that, in order to make our healthcare system safer and more effective, improve the patient experience, and lower the cost of care, we need to work differently than we have in the past and incorporate all that we have learned from safety science and human factors engineering into our process design and improvement work," said Diane Pinakiewicz, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation, which established CBPPS. "The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety has responded to this critical need by creating the benchmarking CPPS patient safety credential, formally validating skills and competencies, and encouraging health care professionals from all disciplines to become the standard bearers for patient safety excellence, advancing the shared body of knowledge and practice that will make the health care system safer for all."

The CPPS credential is recommended for nurses, physicians, pharmacists, other clinicians, healthcare leadership, patient safety professionals, risk/quality managers, nonclinical health care professionals, client-facing solutions providers, and all others committed to the delivery of safe patient care.

CBPPS has also developed an optional 50-question practice exam, which is parallel in content and difficulty to the actual CPPS exam and is a diagnostic tool to assess candidates' strengths and weaknesses.

Additional information is available at the CBPPS website.

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