Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) and OR Manager Develop Educational Partnership

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The Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) and OR Manager team up to provide multiple educational and exam preparatory options for perioperative nursing leaders in 2019.

The Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) and OR Manager have formed a formal partnership to produce and host three courses to provide preparation for the Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM ®) credential, and a certificate of mastery course focused on the fundamentals of operating room management. Each course will be made available to all levels of perioperative leadership.

The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification recognizes the important and distinct role surgical services managers have in directing staff, programs, and budgets, while delivering safe patient care. CSSM certification validates the achievement of the baccalaureate-prepared manager who demonstrates proficiency as a leader in the perioperative setting.

The first opportunity to attend the CSSM ® Exam Prep Course is at the OR Business Management Pre-Conference in San Diego, CA, on January 27, 2019 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Learn more and register at

Attendees will be eligible for 6.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education upon successful completion of the workshop, including completion of a pre-reading assignment and a post-course evaluation.

Learning objectives include:

  •     Identify the elements of a multiple-choice, one-correct-answer exam question
  •     Identify the basic steps involved with developing various perioperative budgets
  •     Discuss methods of monitoring operational and financial performance in the perioperative setting
  •     Identify guiding principles in effective inventory management
  •     Describe the differences between regulatory and accrediting agencies
  •     Discuss coordination of standards and recommendations for implementation

There will be a second opportunity to attend the CSSM® Exam Prep Course as a standalone workshop June 8-9 in partnership with and held at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. The information regarding this standalone workshop can be found at

Leaders interested in attending the Fundamentals of OR Management Certificate of Mastery Course can join other leaders of the surgical suite at the OR Manager Conference on September 17, 2019 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. More details including objectives and course description will be made available soon.

About OR Manager, a division of Access Intelligence
The leading source for information on management of surgical suite for more than 30 years, OR Manager provides a monthly publication with an online membership, annual conferences, webinars, live workshops, and other offerings for perioperative directors and leaders involved in the management of the operating room.

About Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI)
CCI is the leading provider of certification and competency-based education to perioperative nurses. Established in 1979, CCI administers the CNOR® and CSSM® credentials to more than 44,000 registered nurses, making it one of the world’s largest specialty nursing credentialing bodies. CCI is committed to upholding standards of excellence that guarantee extraordinary and safe care for all surgical patients. For more information visit CCI online at

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