As I write this month’s blog I am attending a national convening organized by the American Board of Nursing Specialties designed to discuss the value of certification. I am very pleased that the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is one of 26 different organizations from nursing, medicine, occupational therapy and various testing vendors supporting this multi- day meeting. In preparing for this conference, I was pleased to read that in 2015 the Institute of Medicine identified eleven benefits to certification including advancing patient safety, further defining roles of health care providers, and improving the quality of care to name just a few.

There is no doubt in my mind that BPS Board Certified Pharmacists are a distinct group of pharmacy professionals on the leading edge of patient care. This was reinforced within the first hour of the conference when Lynne Greif, PhD, RN, CEN, TCRN, the President-elect of the American Board of Nursing Specialties took the podium. Dr. Greif discussed the importance of team-based care and making sure that the team members held appropriate credentials that equipped them to deal with complex patient situations. Dr. Greif is the Vice-President of Trauma and Burn Services at Blake Medical Center in Florida and to reinforce her point she shared a story of a seriously ill trauma patient. She went on to state how the expertise of a board certified pharmacist in combination with the knowledge and skills of the trauma team saved a patient’s life. I could not have been more proud of the recognition that was bestowed upon our very special community of board certified pharmacists.

In a dinner discussion, a nurse manager shared with me her plans to incorporate pharmacists into the credentialing and privileging process at her institution and how much she looked forward to formally recognizing the contribution that her pharmacist colleagues make.

BPS is very committed to understanding the various stakeholder audiences for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists, exploring factors important to those stakeholders and communicating these messages to the market, while promoting the knowledge and skills of those pharmacists who hold BPS board certification. In the weeks ahead, BPS will be making an important announcement regarding something we are calling the Value of Certification Initiative (VCI). This effort will have multiple activities all aimed at helping health care providers, health care systems, payers and the public understand what it means to be a BPS Board Certified Pharmacist and to promote the value of your credential. I look forward to sharing more news very soon and until that time I want to thank the BPS Board Certified Pharmacists who deliver value everyday by making a difference in the lives of their patients.

 

William Ellis

Executive Director

Board of Pharmacy Specialties