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Q&A with a BASC® Board Member : Tina Piotrowski, MBA, BSN, RN, CGRN, CASC

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Why did you choose to join BASC?

I was nominated by a Board member in early 2019. After going through the interview process, I was honored to have been selected to serve. I love that BASC supports and promotes the continued education of ASC leaders – a cause that I am equally passionate about.

When you first heard about BASC what were your initial thoughts?

My first thoughts were a strong sense of appreciation for the work that BASC does in leadership development, and to be a part of that would be so rewarding.

What is your favorite thing about being on BASC’s leadership board?

Being surrounded by some of the best talent in the ASC industry. My fellow Board members are strong advocates and leaders in the ASC space, and it is truly a privilege to work together with each of them.

How has being a part of BASC helped you professionally?

Professionally, it is an incredible opportunity to work with my fellow Board members. Just listening to their ASC experiences and the work they do – many on a national level, is very inspiring. I am also learning what it takes to promote a professional certification, and the work that is done behind the scenes to develop an exam. Personally? I have served on non-profit boards in the past and find it very humbling and rewarding to give back. It is so rewarding to see a colleague achieve their CASC or CAIP certification. I am a strong advocate for developing the next generation of ASC leaders and serving on the BASC Board gives me a feeling of personal satisfaction.

How do you think earning and maintaining the CAIP/CASC credential will benefit certificants and their ASC?

Achieving the CAIP or CASC credential benefits the certificant and their ASC in a number of ways. It provides confidence to you individually, as well as to your Board and ASC team that you have the tools and knowledge to perform successfully. It promotes the need for continuing education in your field and supports “life-long learning”. It also ensures that you are keeping up with best practices in the industry and provides a network of fellow certificants that are ready to support you.

What advice would you give to those individuals who are considering becoming a certificant?

Do not hesitate. As soon as you can, I would highly encourage you to go for it. I understand how difficult it is to find time to study outside of working full-time and personal obligations, but I can assure you that you won’t regret it. Being certified gives you “another tool in your toolbox” to help you achieve professional goals. And it may even result in an increase in your salary.