SCHNECK HOME SERVICES’ NURSES RECEIVE CERTIFICATION
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May 30, 2012
Schneck Medical Center congratulates Home Services nurses Rosemary Cox, RN, COS-C, and Deena Harriman, RN, COS-C, for successfully completing the exam for the Certificate for OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) Specialist-Clinical.
“I am extremely proud of Rosemary and Deena,” stated Denise Swegles, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, Director of Home Services. “Their dedication and commitment to quality patient care is evidenced by this great accomplishment. Certification is an ongoing challenge to home health nurses as the regulations and the OASIS document is updated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services frequently. It takes a lot of effort to stay abreast of change in home healthcare.”
To achieve the COS-C designation, sponsored by OASIS Answers, Inc., (OAI), an individual must successfully complete a 100-item, two and a half-hour exam. Since its inception in 2004, over 10,000 candidates have taken the COS-C exam to determine their OASIS competency. This exam is the only nationally standardized, psychometrically validated test that evaluates a clinician’s knowledge of CMS’ OASIS guidelines.
OASIS is a quality measure used in home health agencies across the country to enhance care for patients in the home. OASIS Answers is dedicated to promoting greater reliability in OASIS data through consistent application of guidelines provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. OAI facilitates this goal by offering a voluntary certificate examination which home care providers may take in order to demonstrate and establish their expertise and commitment to OASIS data accuracy. Candidates who successfully complete the examination will be awarded the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation.
Schneck Medical Center Home Services offers professional healthcare services in the home including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, home health aides, rehabilitation therapy, Life Line, and Hospice. For more information on Schneck Home Services, please call 812-522-0460 or visit www.schneckmed.org.