Feature Article: CE CONTINUING EDUCATIONContinuing Competency: What's Ahead?Burns, Betty BA, CAEAuthor Information National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, Chicago, Illinois. Corresponding Author: Betty Burns, BA, CAE, National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, 142 E Ontario #1700, Chicago, IL 60611 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author has no conflict of interest. Submitted for publication: May 6, 2009; Accepted for publication: June 2, 2009 The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: July-September 2009 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 218–227 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0b013e3181b0ec9f Buy Take the CE Test Metrics Abstract State boards of nursing, national nursing certification organizations, and employers have made a concerted effort to identify a means to assess continuing competency of nurses. In the past decade, there has been a heightened focus on patient safety initiatives, the need for greater transparency in the regulatory process, and consumer demand for development of methods to determine the ongoing qualifications of healthcare professionals. This article will discuss the public policy origins of the continuing competency issue, the potential complications of implementation, identification of some current organizational efforts, and what future implications the issue of continuing competency holds for the healthcare community, nursing profession, and the individual nurse. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.