CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015 - (Page 7)

President's Letter A Toast to Lifelong Education BY KATHLEEN FRASER, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CCM, CRRN W elcome to our CMSA Today certification issue! For this issue, I am not going to write about the types of certifications or pros and cons for getting certified. We have great articles covering those areas (one that I actually co-authored); instead, I am going to share my personal story about how I became certified. For those of you who are already certified, I hope to bring back those feelings you had in obtaining your certification or certifications, and for those of you who are not certified, I hope to encourage you to go the distance. After becoming a case manager nearly 22 years ago, and joining CMSA to figure out what case management was and what I should be doing to learn this specialty, I soon knew that I wanted - needed - to become certified. To start, I chose the CCMC exam. When I took the exam, there were no study materials yet available, nor was it computerized. The only thing we were allowed to bring into the testing room was a handful of No. 2 pencils! I made it through the exam with sharpened pencils to spare; however, the true agony began when I had to wait up to six weeks before receiving the results. After one more exceptionally tiring week without news, and upon getting home that Friday evening, I didn't even bother to ask if any mail had come from CCMC. I enthusiastically agreed to my husband David's suggestion to have dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant with our three young children, with margaritas for ourselves. When the server brought our drinks, and as I lifted my margarita for a much-needed sip, David told me he wanted to make an announcement first and instructed everyone to raise their glasses. Before I had time to wonder or become suspicious, our "Successful people will always tell you that you can do something. It is the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things." - Lou Holtz Issue 2 * 2015 CMSA TODAY 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015

President’s Letter
Association News
Cmsa Corporate Partners
Index of Advertisers
Divergent Expectations
Realizing the Broad-Reaching Benefits of Board Certification
Certification by the Numbers

CMSA Today - Issue 2, 2015