ERIC Number: ED314587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-2
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What Information Should a Certification Program Provide to Schools and Accreditation Bodies? Needs for Establishing Cooperative Linkages.
Dziekonski, Chester B.
The production of a competent health practitioner requires effective cooperative effort from certifying agencies, accrediting agencies, and educational institutions. Information exchange among certifiers, accreditors, educators, and employers should be liberal. Such exchange must not violate confidentiality, especially in the matter of documents, such as references obtained to verify compliance to standards or criteria required of a candidate, school/program, or employment in evaluating eligibility for certification, accreditation, or employment. An external influence that is currently receiving attention in the production and practice of health care professionals is independent practice. Professional associations, certifying agencies, accrediting agencies, educators, employers, third-party payers, and consumers must be involved in making the decision about independent practice. The goal of credentialing is competency. The competent practitioner is the product resulting from the best cooperative efforts of educators, accreditors, and certifiers. The competent practitioner in all probability is a member of a professional association and participates to some degree in the various activities and programs of the association. The competent practitioner is aware of the rapid changes in technology and the delivery of health services and is an advocate of programs designed to maintain continued competency. (CML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (2nd, Alexandria, VA, December 1-2, 1989).