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Hello Every one,
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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?
- 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.)
- Yes, my colleagues recognize the CCE as a personal
achievement and professional recognition.
- 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
- 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.
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
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: http://www.24x7mag.com/2007/01/ce-certification/
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.
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
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
Carol Davis-Smith, MS, CCE, FACCE, FAAMI
Clinical Engineers are a key technical resource in today’s healthcare
system. They are the only practitioner able translate clinical needs into
technical requirements to meet current healthcare standards of care.
Certification of Clinical Engineers is essential to ensure all of these practitioners
have met an acceptable level of competency recognized both nationally and
internationally. Certification also shows the public that an individual is
dedicated to their profession because of their commitment to lifelong learning
and growth through the mandatory review and renewal process every three years.
My employer knows the value of the Certified Clinical
Engineer (CCE) credential. At my place of work having the CCE designation gives
Clinical Engineer job candidates an advantage as it is a desired requirement in
our job vacancy postings
Kim Greenwood MASc, P.Eng, CCE, FEIC