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Halogen Software Launches Healthcare Competency Assessment Webcast Series with Renowned Expert Donna Wright

Creative Health Care Management and Halogen share best practices theory and technology for competency assessment in healthcare (February 17, 2012)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/17/12 -- Leading talent management provider Halogen Software has teamed with Donna Wright, renowned author and industry expert in healthcare competency assessment, to launch an educational webcast series that explores the best practices around this important industry topic.

To be delivered throughout 2012, the three part webcast series looks at how to transform the necessary but cumbersome practice of competency assessment in healthcare from a haphazard to manageable and meaningful process.

Author of "The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Healthcare," Donna Wright is well regarded across the healthcare industry as an expert in the field. Each webcast will also explore how technology such as the Halogen eAppraisal(TM) Healthcare solution can streamline and simplify the laborious task of clinical competency assessment and support regulatory requirements.

"We think that Donna's approach to competency assessment is practical and refreshing - and she delivers her memorable content with a great sense of humor!" said Donna Bingenheimer BSN RN, Education Specialist Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ. "As a healthcare provider, evaluating and documenting performance on clinical competencies is a critical part of the employee performance management and accreditation process but it can consume significant time and resources. Halogen eAppraisal Healthcare is designed around employee centered verification and accountability and helps to create an environment of success for the competency assessment process; which is a key message in Donna Wright's approach. The powerful yet simple to use tools make competency management quicker and easier, and helped us to prepare for accreditation reviews."

In the first webinar of the three part series, titled "Transform Your Competency Assessment Process from Crazy to Manageable and Meaningful!" Wright will explore the three elements at the core of every successful competency assessment program including: collaboratively identified competencies that reflect the dynamic nature of work, employee centered verification and a leader-created culture of success that focuses on the organization and supports positive employee behavior.

Registration for this webcast is now open:

Transform Your Competency Assessment Process from Crazy to Manageable and Meaningful!

Presenter: Donna Wright, RN, MS, Consultant, Creative Health Care Management

Date: February 24, 2012

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET


The second webcast in the series will reveal best practices for instituting better accountability in a competency assessment program such as defining employee and manager accountabilities in the process, a model that makes it successful, how accountability should be communicated and documented and how competency deficits should be followed up.

The third session will focus on identifying ongoing competencies, while ensuring the process is a valuable one that drives patient safety and staff satisfaction, while meeting Joint Commission requirements. The final series will provide guidelines to help identify which competencies to assess, the use of quality metrics, as well as how to link competency assessment to quality improvement measures.

Donna Wright is a consultant with Creative Health Care Management. She excels at helping health care organizations create valuable competency and staff development programs for all departments. Donna has published several books and articles on creative educational strategies, self-directed learning, and employee validation. She earned her Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Donna has served as President of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization and is a recipient of that organization's Promoting Excellence in Consultation award.

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning, job descriptions, learning management and recruiting. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, education, manufacturing, public sector, hospitality, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers as the market leader in customer satisfaction, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit Subscribe to Halogen Software's Employee Performance and Talent Management blog: or follow Halogen Software on Twitter:!/HalogenSoftware.

Maggie Patterson
PR Consultant- Halogen Software
(613) 989-1866
[email protected]

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