High Point, NC (Vocus) September 5, 2008
Amistaff Healthcare Technology and Biddle Consulting Group have entered into an Exclusive Joint Partnership Agreement for the development of Encounter-Nursing Situational-Judgment Tests. Biddle's Encounter Video Situational Testing Software was designed by Industrial / Organizational Psychologists using real world scenarios that are likely to happen in your own work environment. Encounter-nursing Video Situational Testing Software gives healthcare organizations a picture of how an applicant is likely to respond. An applicant's responses are measured against responses deemed by healthcare professionals, just like you, to be the most effective and least effective responses for a given situation.
"We are excited about this new partnership with Biddle Consulting Group, the leaders in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA), and Personnel Selection consulting and software. Their leadership in the test validation and assessment development market will assist us in providing analytics, metrics and benchmarks to our clients. Biddle's involvement will also insure that video based nursing content will remain valid and reliable.
Encounter-Nursing Software will be comprised of the following competency domains:
1. Interpersonal/Social Skills and Conflict Resolution
2. Teamwork/Working with Others
3. Interpersonal / Team-Working Ability while Managing Workloads
4. Critical Thinking/Decision Making
This technology will surpass any existing VHS/DVD based technology that requires nurses/candidates to write their answers in essay format. Encounter-Nursing will be:
1. Available 24/7 anytime, anywhere
2. Completely objective
3. Responsive - Providing instant results
4. Accurate - Removing any possibility of bias or error during the scoring process
Encounter-Nursing will be in a league of its own when compared to current systems which can take up to 5 days to score assessments and rely on raters or evaluators to analyze/score results. "This type of rating or evaluation allows for subjective interpretations, which could result in inaccurate scoring of candidate responses," says Ron Gonzalez, CEO of Amistaff Healthcare Technology and NurseTesting.com.
James Ostmann, Chief Nursing Officer for Amistaff Healthcare Technology and NurseTesting.com states: "This joint partnership will revolutionize the healthcare industry. The addition of the Encounter-Nursing Software will add a dynamic level of competency screening to the Healthcare industry. NurseTesting is the market leader in competency testing for healthcare staffing firms and hospitals nationwide. NurseTesting's Nationally Validated Content is unmatched in the marketplace. NurseTesting's job knowledge exams coupled with Encounter-Nursing will give a more concise, valid, and reliable assessment of each candidate being considered within the Healthcare organization. Encounter Nursing will be developed using the same content validation process, which meets or exceeds the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures outlined by the Department of Labor. Encounter-Nursing will be built by convening high-level SME panels to develop core competencies to be targeted by Encounter-Nursing. Leveraging NurseTesting's job analysis work over the past year will streamline the identification of key areas for critical incident development. Healthcare organizations will now have streamlined, objective, valid, and reliable tools enabling them to hire the best clinician for the job which translates into providing a higher quality of care to the patients."
About Amistaff Healthcare Technology: Amistaff Healthcare Technology was founded in 2004 as a healthcare staffing solutions provider. Amistaff creates products and services that help healthcare staffing firms and hospitals improve recruitment, retention and placement of caregivers. Amistaff includes a team of IT professionals, RN's and former recruiters; this allows Amistaff to base their products on an in-depth understanding of each client's unique staffing requirements. All of the Amistaff products are web-based solutions designed to simplify workflows and increase efficiency. Visit http://www.amistaff.com for additional information.
About Biddle Consulting Group, Inc: The Biddle Consulting Group, Inc. has worked as pioneers in the field of EEO and Affirmative Action since 1974. The founder, Richard Biddle, was involved in the development of the California Fair Employment Practices Guidelines--precursor to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (i.e., Uniform Guidelines). He is still fully involved in the company today. Daniel Biddle, Ph.D., President of Biddle Consulting Group and Firefighter Selection Inc., has over 15 years of experience in the fields of EEO and Affirmative Action and a doctorate in Organization Psychology.
Aside from developing thousands of AAPs, BCG consultants have provided expert testimony in over 150 employment and discrimination-related cases (with a 92% success rate in cases that go to court) and have provided Risk Management services for hundreds of other employers as well. BCG was the first company to develop comprehensive Affirmative Action Plan Development Software (i.e., Biddle & Associates Module C), and Biddle Consulting Group continues to be a pioneer in the field of EEO/HR.