Some time back I interviewed at a major hospital hoping to be hired as an Occ Health RN. They had a large program with many nurses.
I was invited to interview with all the nurses that worked in the program which I thought was a great idea. I was asked many questions with a lot of what I thought was positive feedback, after all I’m (sorry about tooting my own horn, but I work hard to polish it) passionate about Occ Health and work hard to hold as many valid certs that I can.
Then came the question: “Are you NIOSH Certified in Spirometry?” My exact answer was “No, but I have completed the NIOSH certified Spirometry Course; NIOSH does not certify people who do spirometry.” I swear there was a collective gasp followed by a “well, we’re all certified.” I received a rejection letter.
To see NIOSH spirometry certification particulars go to:
CDC - Spirometry - Spirometry Training Program - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
Taken directly from this NIOSH site:
“Licensure of health professionals is generally the function of a state board, and issuance of a course certificate does not imply that NIOSH has certified that student as a pulmonary function technician
, nor does it imply that NIOSH warrants the performance of the student after completion of the course.” (Underlining added for emphasis).
In short, a person takes the NIOSH approved course but they are never certified by NIOSH. It is a very common misconception and many do say they are NIOSH Certified. They aren’t, they hold the certificate given by taking the course.
It was sad to be taken for an idiot by a group who knew that each of them were
certified by NIOSH.
I guess I can understand though why they didn't want such a silly fellow on their team.
My suggestion: If you interview for an Occ Health position and this question about spirometry might pop up bring some copies of that web page with that area highlighted, for if not, you may be taken for a silly nurse that really doesn’t know much about Occ Health.