We are confident that with the use of our newly validated exams, a more accurate assessment of healthcare professionals will be available, empowering the employer to select the best candidate for the position, thereby improving the quality of care being delivered to patients across the country.
High Point, N.C. (Vocus) September 18, 2009
Amistaff Healthcare Technology, Inc. – leader in healthcare competency – continues to raise standards of validated exam development with their NurseTesting.com service releasing the new Acute Care Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Physical Therapy (PT), and Occupational Therapy (OT) exams. Utilizing a new validation process never before applied to healthcare competency exams, hospitals and healthcare staffing firms receive access to exam content linked directly to specific job functions and requirements. Assisting with hiring and retaining the most qualified personnel for healthcare positions directly correlates to improving quality of patient care.
NurseTesting.com provides an extensive library of exams which follows standards set forth by The Joint Commission (a national healthcare standards organization). The new content validation process takes the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978) and applies them to the development of these assessments.
The two phase development process starts with an in-depth Job Analysis where Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) provide a series of ratings and linkages for the key job/duties/tasks and specific knowledge, skills, and abilities healthcare professionals need to possess on the first day of the job. Upon completion of the job analysis, the SMEs develop a test plan and begin the item-writing phase for each assessment. During both phases, a significant amount of statistical data is collected and analyzed, such as inter-rater reliabilities and individual item Angoff ratings, yielding a final recommendation for items to include on assessments and the initial unmodified Angoff Cutoff Score for each assessment.
Parallel forms are then constructed measuring comparable content and producing scores eligible for identical interpretation. All questions are reviewed by the SME’s to decide whether test items measure factors including, but not limited to, being correct, fair to all groups of people, measuring a knowledge, skill or ability necessary on the first day of the job, etc. Questions with an average Angoff rating of 90% or above are excluded, due to the high probability of applicants selecting the correct answer and thus not contributing significantly to the validity and reliability of the exam(s). Remaining items with similar average Angoff scores are distributed equally into Form A and Form B, so as to create equality in both forms.
As supervisor over implementation of the research and revision system, Chief Nursing Officer, James Ostmann Sr. RN, MBA, states, "We are confident that with the use of our newly validated exams, a more accurate assessment of healthcare professionals will be available, empowering the employer to select the best candidate for the position, thereby improving the quality of care being delivered to patients across the country."
Amistaff will utilize this rigorous content validation process on all future exams in order to continue providing high caliber pre-screening assessment tools for the healthcare industry. Implementing pre-screening standards aimed at hiring and retaining the best qualified healthcare professionals attests to facilities' and staffing agencies' commitment to improving quality of patient care.
About Amistaff Healthcare Technology - Amistaff, formerly Healthcare Testing, Inc., was founded in 2004 as the parent company of NurseTesting.com. Their mission is to provide standardized online exams for healthcare workers. Amistaff is currently integrating electronic signature software and medical staffing software to their product line in order to increase the efficiency of hospitals’ and healthcare staffing firms’ human resource processes. Visit http://www.amistaff.com for additional information.
About James Ostmann, Sr RN, MBA - Amistaff Healthcare Technology's clinical team is lead by James Ostmann, Sr RN, MBA. Ostmann brings over 20 years of healthcare experience to the Amistaff organization. Ostmann began his healthcare career at the age of 16 in the public sector as a Firefighter/EMT, achieving his Paramedic status at age 18 and served for 15yrs. Ostmann worked as an RN in a Level II ER/Shock Trauma Center as well as in environments such as Cardiac Catheterization Lab and ICU. He then entered the corporate sector in 1997 with Marquette Medical Systems (GE Medical Systems). Jim achieved the Six Sigma Green Belt and spent 9 years in various roles: Clinical Specialist, eLearning Project/Program Manager. Hired by Amistaff in 2007, Ostmann now directs the NurseTesting content validation and development process.