STERILE PROCESSING UNIVERSITY
Welcome to the Sterile Processing University webpage! I wanted to share some personal information with you so you know the background of the materials at this website.
I have worked in the sterile processing profession for 37 years. In July, 2015, I "retired" from my full-time employment as Vice President, Sterile Processing, for the Barnabas Health System, New Jersey. During my 25 year tenure with Barnabas Health, I was responsible to provide educational seminars, training programs and consultation services to the healthcare system, (Operating Room and Sterile Processing Departments) dental and physician practices and Ambulatory Surgicenters in the areas of sterilization, infection control, decontamination, preparation and assembly, surgical instrumentation preparation, chemical disinfection, materials management, inventory management, design of Central Service departments, centralization of surgical instrument processing, Joint Commission (JC) compliance issues, OSHA compliance issues, compliance with state and federal regulations, surgical case carts, sterile processing competencies, supply distribution systems, staffing and productivity and development of policy and procedure manuals.
Since 1990 I have operated my own consulting company, Chobin & Associates, a division of Sterile Processing University, LLC.
In 2005, I started Sterile Processing University, LLC to provide on-line continuing education for sterile processing staff. To help learn about the sterile processing profession and its practices, I developed a textbook to teach the standards and practices required for safely processing reusable medical and surgical devices and instruments. The Basics of Sterile Processing Textbook, first edition, was published in 2006. There is also a self-assessment Workbook with quizzes after each Chapter and a practice Final Exam. Since that time, The Basics of Sterile Processing Textbook and Workbooks have been updated (currently the 6th edition is available). A management textbook, Management Basics for Sterile Processing and a GI/Endo textbook, The Basics of Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing (and Workbook) followed.
For over 20 years, I have offered a Sterile Processing Management course which has been offered at various locations throughout the U.S. This course was developed so that new or existing sterile processing Managers, Material Managers, Perioperative Directors (with responsibility for SPD), Ambulatory Surgery Nursing Directors, Supervisors and Technicians wishing to advance into management and Infection Prevention personnel could get all the information they need to provide safe and effective practices, in one program. In the fall of 2015, the course was revised (at the request of attendees) to 3 1/2 days. In 2016, we began offering the Sterile Processing Management course via webinars to avoid the costs of travel. The webinars have been very well received and will now be offered three times a year.
RELEVANT BACKGROUND: I am a registered Nurse (licensed since 1966); with Sterile Processing experience since 1980, and Materials Management (10 years). I have developed over 15 surgical case cart systems and designed 12 Central Service Departments in the U.S. and Canada. Over the years I have consulted in over 235 hospitals, healthcare systems and surgery centers in the U.S.
Since 1988 I served as the Executive Director of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing & Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD), (formerly NICHSPDP). In October, 2014, I retired as the Executive Director of the CBSPD. I now serve as Executive Commissioner (non-voting). This is a volunteer position that takes much of my time but I am committed to advancing the profession. I am certified on all levels, Technician, Management, Surgical Instrument Specialist, Ambulatory Surgery Sterile Processing Technician and Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor.
I have traveled extensively to expand SPD education and certification; Malaysia (3 times), Thailand, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Colombia. I thoroughly enjoy speaking on sterile processing topics and I have lectured in virtually every state in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. In addition, I have been published numerous times in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia.
Since 1998 I have served as a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrument's (AAMI) Sterilization Standards Committee, a member of the Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA). I now am a member of over 10 Committees and previously served as co-chair of the Endoscope and Manufacturer's Instructions for Use Committees.
During my career I have received the Educator of the Year Award from the ASHCSP, the Dr. John Perkins Memorial Award and the Leonard Leipus Award; all for outstanding contributions to the Sterile Processing Profession.
Thank you for using SPU's materials and educational programs. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPM, CFER