Halifax Health Selects Prophecy Healthcare's Employee Screening Software to Ensure Focus on Patient-Centered Care from Point of Application

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After a thorough search and business proposal process, Halifax Health selected Prophecy Healthcare®'s suite of assessment tools to enhance their pre-screening evaluation and hiring process. Implementing the Prophecy system aligns with Halifax Health's mission to support state-of-the-art healthcare by hiring highly skilled and caring individuals.

"Adding Prophecy's pre-employment testing to our hiring standards provides our managers a systematic way to evaluate applicants, making informed hiring decisions. We now have an effective way to explore areas previously tough to evaluate to ensure each new hire has the right mix of clinical competence, behavioral characteristics, and interpersonal skills to focus on exceptional service at every encounter, everyday, for everyone," commented Catherine Luchsinger, RN, Chief Nursing Officer Halifax Health Medical Center.

Prophecy®'s three assessment tools – Behavioral, Clinical, and Situational – test interpersonal competencies missed in traditional testing. All assessments are web-based, with instant validated scoring, developing a scorecard that highlights each applicant's strengths and areas for improvement.

"Nurse managers and educators benefit greatly from Prophecy's holistic assessment. With the results pinpointing each applicant's unique learning styles, strengths and knowledge gaps, educators are able to develop customized Learning Plans for successful On-Boarding & Professional Development, maximizing their impact on new hires," explained Felicia Sadler MJ BSN RN CPHQ Vice President Quality & Performance.

Prophecy® Behavioral Assessments utilize personality and attitude tests to measure cognitive thinking. The results capture behavioral characteristics that predict high performance, such as integrity and conscientiousness.

The Clinical Assessments encompass an extensive, nationally validated library, providing assessment solutions for more than just nurses. These clinical assessments include OSHA and Joint Commission education modules, nursing, allied, and home health competency assessments, as well as clinical skills checklists.

Measuring a candidate's skill level in the nursing and healthcare profession is more important than ever. Steps need to be taken to ensure that caregivers hold the latest skills and knowledge, as well as the critical thinking capabilities required of their positions. Prophecy® Clinical Assessments identify caregivers with sufficient job knowledge to perform successfully by targeting the most important aspects of each clinical specialty.

Prophecy® Situational Assessments identify caregivers with soft-skills directly correlated to successful nursing practice. Designed by industrial/organizational psychologists, four areas of critical workplace competencies are measured:

  1. Interpersonal Competence

  2. Workflow Management

  3. Teamwork

  4. Customer Service Skills

After viewing the video vignettes, the applicant selects their choices for the most and least effective responses. The answers demonstrate the manner in which the candidate responds to tough situations. Using Prophecy®'s Situational Assessments, facilities are able to quantify which caregivers will make the most effective decisions in the workplace.

"Prophecy is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Halifax Health, the largest healthcare provider in East Central Florida," said Ron Gonzalez, MS BSN Founder and CEO of Prophecy Healthcare. "Our hiring tools will enable Halifax Health to expedite expansion initiatives by reducing hiring costs and retaining the highest quality nurses."

About Halifax Health
Recently recognized for the second consecutive year by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves East Central Florida and provides a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area's largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, two primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women's health; two community clinics; three children's medical practices; a home healthcare agency; and a preferred provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area's only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services and OB Emergency Department. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

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 soft skills to match each organization. For more information about Prophecy, visit http://www.prophecyhealth.com or call 336.802.1070.

CONTACT: Meredith Juengel MBA Director of Relationship Management mjuengel@prophecyhealth.com (336)802-1070 x722 Twitter: Prophecy_Health

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