Prophecy Healthcare® Releases Online Nursing Assessments Aimed to Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Medication Errors by Focusing on Ability to Perform Math Calculations

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In response to an overwhelming need from the healthcare industry across the nation, Prophecy Healthcare® released three new online nursing assessments to assist in addressing patient safety, as it relates to medication administration and calculations. These new assessments help insure that nurses start the job with the necessary mathematical skills to perform the critical functions requiring math, as well as assist in remediation initiatives to address medication errors.

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Prophecy Healthcare® will analyze the data surrounding facilities using the Math Ability and Perceptual Ability assessments to present how they potentially impact nursing care positively for your facility, and reduce risk.

In response to an overwhelming need from the healthcare industry across the nation, Prophecy Healthcare® is pleased to announce the release of 3 new online nursing assessments to assist in addressing patient safety, as it relates to medication administration and calculations.

  •      RN Basic Math Ability
  •      RN Advanced Math Ability
  •      Perceptual Ability

Most professionals who have worked in the medical field for more than a decade have either made mathematical or perceptual mistakes, or have closely worked with someone who has. The consequences of making mathematical or perceptual (e.g., number/text scanning) mistakes range from minor to major and can impact patient safety. Rounding or decimal place errors can result in serious consequences.

Developing the Math Ability Assessments

Prophecy’s new math ability assessments were developed by conducting a job analysis workshop with a panel of subject matter experts inclusive of nursing disciplines across multiple clinical specialties from a large acute care facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The math ability assessments include 30 items measuring a nurse’s ability to:

  •      perform metric conversions,
  •      calculate weight-based dosages,
  •      calculate IV drip rates for both bolus and continuous infusions, and
  •      correctly calculate sliding scale insulin dosages based upon specific sliding scale insulin orders.

Developing the Perceptual Ability Assessment

Possessing strong perceptual/inspection skills are also key to success in nursing. Nurses are frequently presented with prescriptions, medication labels, patient charts, and other graphical information where they are required to extract the correct number and text sequence. Drawing out transposed or incomplete number sets can produce serious consequences on the job.

Prophecy’s Perceptual Ability assessment was developed in the same fashion as the math ability assessments, using the same panel of Subject Matter Experts from the Atlanta facility. The Perceptual ability assessment includes 20 items measuring the nurse’s ability to:

  •      accurately differentiate between alphanumerical characteristics in a string of letters and numbers,
  •      pair groups of number and letters that match one another, and
  •      recognize an object as distinct from its surrounding environment.

As Prophecy Healthcare® continues to gather and analyze the data surrounding facilities using the Math Ability and Perceptual Ability assessments, statistics will be presented on how they potentially impact nursing care positively for your facility, and reduce risk.

About Prophecy Healthcare® - Originally founded in 2004 as NurseTesting.com, Prophecy Healthcare® got its start as the first online Pre-Employment Testing Company exclusive to the Healthcare Industry. Initially focusing solely on clinical assessments measuring clinical competencies, efforts to exceed industry expectations led to isolating critical competencies missed in traditional testing initiatives, such as stress tolerance, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. The Prophecy approach offers the ability to find candidates with the clinical hard skills, personality attributes, and desired interpersonal soft skills to match each organization. For more information about Prophecy, visit http://www.prophecyhealth.com or call 336.802.1070.

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