Many dental hygienists, who's Registration # ends in a 3 or 8, received an email yesterday from the CDHO, as this was to be their year for audit selection. The email was to let those of you know that at this time you are not being selected for audit until further notice.
There are changes coming and we will all find out in the next Milestones and monthly E-Brief.
The Committee is reviewing the consultant’s report from the Program Evaluation and will determine whether and what changes may be made to the Quality Assurance Program. This will include a review of the selection criteria and whether selection will continue based on registration ID number.
What we do know is that regardless of who is being selected next, we are still required to maintain our QA Records.
"All registrants are expected to maintain their QA records on an annual basis, whether they have been selected to submit records for assessment or not. Additionally, you may yet be asked to submit these records in a future assessment period." (From yesterday's email.).
My recommendation to you, as it has been since we started back in 2009 helping people with their QA Records, is to do what is required of us (and what we sign off every year when renewing our registration) and maintain our QA Records regardless if you are being selected for audit or not.
Here's the thing...
As an example...
Select 2 topics every year. You can do this by looking at the goals created for you after completing your self-assessment or look at topics and courses provided by us at rdhu, CDHA or ODHA.
What topics interest you? How can you improve and enhance your client care and practice?
What are you interested in? How can you grow as a healthcare professional?
I recommend this to all RDH's whether you just hit submit last month or not or if you did the QA Test.
How does this help you?
After someone submits, we often hear, "That's it for me! I am not looking at this for another 5 years!"
What happens when one would do this? Stress, catch-up and anxiety set in!
Quality Assurance becomes an Event rather than a Habit.
Imagine if you chose 2 topics every year. For instance through rdhu. We plump up every course to essentially give you 10 hours for that topic.
1 Goal - 10 hours
2nd Goal - 10 hours
There is your 20 hours of goal related CQI Activities.
5 hours of Non-Goal related activities (The RDH View is great to watch, learn and be connected to like-minded dental hygienists AND easy to enter into the SMILE portal rather than entering a journal with every article you read, who wrote it and the page number).
You would be set for the year.
If we are going back to random selection, you would always Be Audit Ready and not feel the anxiety.
What happens when we don't keep up with our QA Records? We lose the skill that we just acquired during selection. The skill of assessing our practice. The skill of documenting our learning and making changes to practice.
I keep up with my learning portfolio and I feel zero anxiety when I hit submit.
It can be that way for everyone.
We don't know what is coming down the pipe for Quality Assurance. But it is recommended that we continue to follow the Requirements of the Quality Assurance Program and Guidelines for Continuing Competency
We have seen many posts about people being upset that they have their hours ready from last year and have their plan ready for this year and "What a waste!" Is it a waste?
My advice to you, if you fit into this category is keep going. Keep learning. Keep growing.
Quality Assurance is a Habit Not an Event.
Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead. Please take a look below for what is coming up!