Interim HealthCare offers credentialing
programs that are recognized on a national level.
Two specialized credentialing programs-Wound Care and Pediatric
Credentialing-give caregivers the opportunity to develop professionally,
as well as provide higher quality care to their patients.
In addition to enhancing the skills of nurses working with
wound care or pediatric care, the program helps reassure doctors,
patients and family members about nurses' qualifications as
well as those clinicians turning over a patient to a new nurse
at shift change.
Wound care credentialing for
clinicians consists of a self-study course, skills/competency
checklists and examinations. Local Interim HealthCare offices
are credentialed when they can demonstrate that their clinical
staff has access to current wound care resources. Offices
also make use of Interim HealthCare's proprietary documentation
system called INTERPath, which measures utilization and outcomes
focusing on patients' ability to understand their condition
and successfully manage it in daily life.
Pediatric credentialing consists
of basic care of sick children or newborns, tracheostomy care,
ventilator care, IV medication, nutrition and insertion of
peripheral lines. For each care level, nurses must read a
study guide that covers key procedures and information. Nurses
complete a written exam on the material covered in the guides,
such as calculating medication doses for children. The exam,
which takes about 30-40 minutes, includes several questions
to challenge nurses' critical-thinking skills. In addition
to passing the written test, nurses must demonstrate their
ability to perform specific skills for each level of care.
Upon successfully completing Interim HealthCare's written
exam and demonstrating the necessary skills, nurses are presented
with a different color pin for each level of achievement as
well as a letter of commendation from the Interim HealthCare