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January 21
Mobile Phone ristriction inside Hospital

​Hello Every one,

Mobile[hone ristiction incriticalarea(s) of hospital is still valid or already outdated and no more applicable?

March 26
CMMS Data Retention

Is anyone aware of any regulatory guidance or standards regarding data retention for CMMS systems? We are specifically looking to archive old data (asset records, work orders, etc) from our system to improve performance. We have also added computing power to the server/servers. Our CMMS vendor made a reccomendation to discard or archive old data, but could not cite any standards, or industry best practice literature to support a specific approach. My thought would be to obviously keep all active asset and WO records, but then look to archive offline or in an "archived" sql db instance all assets that have been retired more than X years and their corresponding WO histories. The question is what is X? ​

July 22
6. Did you know who was on the US or Canadian Board of Examiners before you met some of them at your oral exam? Did knowing or not knowing make any difference to you?

  • ​​No, I did not know anyone. (D.E.)
  •  I did not know who was on the board of examiners and I think to me it didn’t make any difference. Examiners are very professional and scenarios are clear. Examiners has repeated the question several times for me upon my request so that I can answer them to the best of my knowledge and experience. (B.I.)
  • I did not know who was on the US Board of Examiners before I took the oral exam.  The examiners that I had were very professional and courteous throughout the process.  I do not think knowing or not knowing the examiners would make a difference on my performance on the oral exam.  I did, however, like not knowing my examiners because it felt like a clean slate, since they did not have any pre-conceived ideas about me.  I considered the oral exam like a new job interview, where it was my chance to impress the examiners with how I presented myself and how I responded to the questions. (K.N.)
  • No, and it did not make any difference. (M.M.)
  • I did not know my examiners. I think not knowing the examiners beforehand helped alleviate the stress of being examined by peers that I already knew. (J.)
  • I did not know the examiners and I don’t think knowing them would have made any difference in taking the exam. (H.E.)
  • I do believe that I may have met one of the individuals previously, through a mutual colleague.  However, that did not play into my speaking in the oral exam. (J.M.)​

July 22
3. Do your colleagues recognize the CCE as worthy professional recognition and/or personal achievement?

  • ​​Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE as a personal achievement and professional recognition.  (D.E.)
  •  Yes, I have a team of 4 Clinical Engineers and I know my colleagues are actively pursuing in attaining CCE certification in the next year or two.(B.I.)
  • Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE as a personal and professional achievement.  My colleagues recommended the CCE to me and most pursue this certification for themselves (K.N.)
  • Yes. (M.M.)
  • Yes, my work colleagues consider the CCE as a validation of work knowledge. (J.)
  • Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE certification and think of it as a prestigious career achievement.  (H.E.)
  • While not all choose to become certified, my colleagues do value the certification and highly regard those who obtain it. (J.M.)

July 22
Does your employer recognize certification as an achievement for you and importance to the institution/organization?

  • ​​My employer recognizes certification as a personnel achievement as they would any professional certification. (D.E.) 
  • Yes, my employer does encourage and highly recognize this certification as a major accomplishment in the field of HTM. (B.I.)
  • I wanted to demonstrate that I am knowledgeable, competent and experienced in the field of Clinical Engineering.  I passed the EIT exam after college, but I knew there was not a specific PE exam for Biomedical Engineering.  When I learned about the CCE certification, it seemed like a perfect substitute for the PE exam, since it was a professional certification specifically in the field of Clinical Engineering. (K.N.)
  • Yes, they will reimburse me for the incurred cost. (M.M.)
  • Yes, my employer recognizes CCE and offers a special achievement award. (J.)
  • Yes, leadership in my organization recognizes the certification as a career achievement and encourages other engineers in the department to study and pass the certification exam.   (H.E.)
  • Yes, my current employer and client both view the certification as valuable and important. (J.M.)

July 01
Why get certified?

I’m a full proponent of getting certified as a Clinical Engineer because, not only does it stand out as a stamp of excellence to your peers, customers, current & future employers that you are indeed qualified for the job, it’s also an affirmation of your knowledge of the Clinical Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) and your ability to articulate it in solving real-life problems; The process tests your ability to think on your feet when the problem gets presented to you, and most of the times this is how real life problems get presented to you. To me one of the greatest benefits of the Certification process  comes as a by-product of the  CE certification renewal requirements. The requirements help you to stay current with the profession, emerging technologies and regulations, in so doing helping you to expand on the Body of Knowledge.

Bokang Motlotle, CCE

June 29
Why is Certification important? article by Arif Subhan in 2007

As Arif had mentioned in his article in 24x7 in Jan 2007 issue:

"Certification is required in other professions, such as accounting (certified public accountants); teaching; the legal field; quality engineering; health care architecture; and, of course, in the medical profession, such as for physicians. Certification is a mark of distinction in any profession. It shows that the certified individual has knowledge of and experience in the subject, and it is a recognition of professional excellence by peers.

Certification should be viewed as an investment in your career. The benefits of certification may include monetary reward, potential advancement in the profession, an edge during the hiring process, independent evidence of competency, and personal satisfaction in addressing the desire for ongoing education."

To read the entire article, please go to​

June 25
The Importance of Certification - Marie-Ange Janvier, CCE-CA

Getting certified as a clinical engineer shows a lot of professionalism and responsibility in the hospital workplace. When you have clinical engineers that have been evaluated by their peers and showed continuing advancement in their field it holds a certain prestige that is comparable to the physician and nurses who give care in a hospital. 

It not only promotes the profession but gives credibility to a field that is otherwise less commonly known in the biomedical engineering branch.

​Marie-Ange Janvier, PhD, CCE, P.Eng.​

June 25
The Importance of Certification - Hank Stankiewicz, Jr.

Clinical Engineers provide a vital role in the delivery of health care.  But how do our colleagues know we are competent?

Clinical Engineers typically have a degree in Biomedical/ Electrical/ Computer Engineering. The CCE offers addition proof of not only our competency but our relevancy.

One of my proudest career moments was passing the CCE exam in 2011 after 35 years in the field. I participated and studied with the many other VAMC Biomedical Engineers in preparing to take the exam. That study time bound us forever.  In my post VA career, the CCE has enabled me to have credibility and success as a contractor/consultant.

Henry Stankiewicz, Jr.  MSBME CCE​​
June 25
The Importance of Certification - Carol Davis-Smith

Certification as a clinical engineer holds importance for me personally and professionally.  Early in my career, I pursued certification as a means of demonstrating my commitment to excellence and on-going growth in my chosen profession.  In my case, there was no immediate incentive like a pay increase or promotion upon certification.  Instead, I pursued certification as an investment in my long-term future.  Similarly, as a hiring manager, I was drawn to candidates who had achieved certification or were actively pursuing it.  My assumption was that they too were taking the initiative to invest in their long-term future. 

An additional benefit to certification was the opportunity to serve on the CCE Board of Examiners.  This experience allowed me to influence the body of knowledge required of clinical engineers today and into the future.  It also introduced me to CCE colleagues and aspiring clinical engineers that I would not likely have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Carol Davis-Smith, MS, CCE, FACCE, FAAMI

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