The purpose of this presentation is to familiarize the learner with two factors, decay and obsolescence, which may degrade nursing knowledge. A brief history of knowledge acquisition in nursing will be discussed as it relates to the larger concept of nursing competency. The primacy of nursing knowledge in professional development, licensure and certification processes will be reviewed. A brief summary of best practices in maintenance of competency programs will be offered. The presentation will conclude with a potential solution for the twin threats of decay and obsolescence. The learner will gain insight into the role of knowledge and personal choice in the essential process of continuous professional development.
Jim Stobinski has in excess of 30 years experience in the operating room. He has 18 years of management experience in perioperative nursing and has published and presented extensively at the national level on perioperative management related topics. Since 2011, he has been employed at the Competency and Credentialing Institute in Denver, Colorado. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. In February 2017, he began serving as the CEO of the Competency and Credentialing Institute. He maintains an active research agenda centered on nursing workforce issues and certification.