HealthStream Inks Exclusive Distribution Pact with NurseCompetency
Sep 04, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
HealthStream, a provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that it has signed an agreement with Nursing Registry Consultants Corp. (doing business as "NurseCompetency") to be the exclusive distributor of NurseCompetency's software-as-a-service (SaaS) based competency exams and skills checklists to hospitals and health networks in the U.S.
In a release, the Company said that these products expand its talent management suite of products with solutions for testing and documenting nurses' clinical competencies.
As hospitals shift to a model focused on performance-based outcomes to improve care, the need to measure the clinical competencies of their workforce becomes paramount. Through NurseCompetency, HealthStream said that it will offer over 75 valid and evidence-based exams that cover a range of clinical competencies required for nurses in hospitals, including the areas of critical care, psychiatric nursing, palliative care, magnetic resonance imaging, respiratory therapy, among many others. The library of clinical exams will be expanded as HealthStream assists NurseCompetency in the development of new testing materials.
"The clinical exams from NurseCompetency play a key role for healthcare organizations' talent management programs--as they are used to measure and ensure that clinical personnel are knowledgeable and competent to perform the tasks associated with their respective positions," said Elease Caracci, vice president, NurseCompetency. "The high level of authority among our subject matter experts consulted and the rigor in exam development both contribute to make NurseCompetency's clinical exams among the best available anywhere for assessing competencies."
HealthStream said that its will immediately provide NurseCompetency's clinical exams and skills checklists for nurses as stand-alone products, while future plans include offering them as an integrated solution through HealthStream's platform. "We look forward to offering NurseCompetency's outstanding products; they add an important component to our overall talent management strategy for hospitals and healthcare networks," said Robert A. Frist, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, HealthStream.
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