Skilled Nursing, Inc. - Joint Commission Certified Nursing Company

May 07, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
Skilled Nursing, Inc. (SNI) a privately and locally owned Pennsylvania Nurse Staffing agency has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval TM for health care staffing services. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded SNI Health Care Staffing Services Certification for one year.

SNI met national standards addressing how staffing firms determine the qualifications and competency of professional nursing staff, how they place the nurses and then monitor the nurses' performance.

"Health care organizations that contract with Skilled Nursing, Inc. ® can look to this certification as an assurance that SNI demonstrates a commitment to providing and continuously improving quality services," says Michele Sacco, executive director, Health Care Staffing Services Certification, Joint Commission.

Martha Jean Minniti, R.N. B.S., CEO and Founder of SNI is delighted to receive this most recent professional acknowledgement during SNI's 25th anniversary year.

When interviewed, Ms. Minniti cited the growing competition between the hospitals to be the best at what they do. "It is essential for each of them to achieve accreditation. It is their seal of good standing". Beginning in 2006, JCAHO surveyors are taking a new approach by conducting "unannounced" hospital surveys spending the majority of time on the patient floors evaluating the direct care a patient receives, in contrast to the old announced survey format. This new approach creates a large set of unpredictable dynamics for the surveyed facility. "We want our hospital clients to rest assured that professionalism, competency and patient safety are the same predictable fixed standards of high quality nursing they have grown accustomed to experiencing whenever using SNI Nurses" said Minniti.

Marty Minniti went on to say, "I volunteered to have my agency surveyed because I wanted our client facilities to have the confidence that our temporary nurse workforce will be educated and prepared to meet the new JCAHO "unannounced" format their hospitals will experience; and that the SNI nurses can be relied upon to do their part to help the facility shine when undergoing Accreditation. My agency is celebrating its silver jubilee this year and I am proud to state that this benchmark was possible because of the caliber of nurses who associate themselves with SNI. It was only natural for us to be one of the first to earn Accreditation. Our entire company is delighted to be one of the first 20 Nurse Staffing agencies in the country to be surveyed and accredited by JCAHO. It was a very challenging process but I personally believe that every agency should be accredited to show their commitment to the hospitals that use temporary nurses to fill staffing vacancies."

"Certification recognizes SNI's dedication to providing registered nurses that are qualified to provide safe, high-quality care to patients and ease the burden to healthcare facilities in this time of a critical nursing shortage. We are extremely proud to receive the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval."

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization and is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.