Building a Quality Nursing Workforce with Training, Assessments, and Technology
February 10, 2015
This blog post excerpts an article from NurseCompetency in the Fall 2014 issue of HealthStream's Healthcare Workforce Advisor, our quarterly magazine designed to bring you thought leadership and best practices for developing the healthcare workforce.
NurseCompetency is on a mission to create a safer healthcare environment for patients and healthcare workers through the use of current, clinically relevant education, assessments, and technology. The core values that guide everything we do include:
- Patient Safety: By providing valid and reliable assessments, we help to ensure that healthcare workers are knowledgeable about providing safe patient care, which often results in increased HCAHPS scores and lower readmission rates.
- Healthcare Worker Safety: By providing education and assessments, we give healthcare workers the knowledge they need to remain safe from the hazards that exist in the workplace, which can have the added benefit of risk reduction and lower incidences of worker’s compensation claims.
- Professional Development: By providing meaningful feedback to healthcare workers, we help them to identify and remediate knowledge deficits, which allows for on-going professional growth and safer patient care.
As a market leader in healthcare competency testing and technology, we are distinguished by our commitment to healthcare workplace safety and optimal patient outcomes. All of our materials are compliant with industry and government standards (OSHA/HIPAA/TJC) and help our customers ensure that, in turn, they are always operating in compliance with these same standards; resulting in a safer environment for both patients and the healthcare workers who serve them.
In addition, as many healthcare organizations struggle to find and retain qualified clinical staff, we provide an EEOC-compliant way to be more effective in their hiring practices and staff retention. Effective, pre-hire testing can allow organizations to identify clinicians who are qualified, and then provide a means for the on-going evaluation and professional growth of those employees once hired. All of these factors can help to increase employee engagement and productivity, reduce the rate of turnover, and aid in risk reduction and reduced costs.
This article also explains the three ways a quality workforce is more cost-effective:
- Fewer Lawsuits
- Less Risk of Job-Related Injuries
- Greater Employee Satisfaction