Fort Peck Service Unit nurse Tara Spradley, BSN, RN, recently received her certification in Health Care Compliance, distinguishing her as an expert in this area of health care.
She has used this expertise to assist the Service Unit in maintaining accreditation and obtaining their Medical Home certification. She chairs the Fort Peck Quality Council and Quality Improvement committees, and directs the safety, infection control and employee health programs.
Tara also works with the Billings Area Quality and Risk Management department, participating in the development of process, policy and procedure.
Having a robust Compliance Program promotes a culture of ethical behavior and commitment to compliance with law and regulations. It aids in preventing and detecting wrong-doing, and provides a “safe” mechanism for reporting and seeking help in getting it right the first time. A compliance program raises the awareness of an organizations expectations and aids in improving reputation, culture and public image.
The certification is awarded by the Heath Care Compliance Association, a member-based non-profit organization for health care compliance professionals. This association provides up to date training, data, and opportunities for networking to their members.
Tara is passionate about providing quality care for the American Indians and Alaska Natives we serve.
“Providing quality care has always been a focus of mine, from my days as a CNA, through nursing school, and on to my career,” said Spradley. “I have found that if I treat all of my patients the way that I would treat or would want my grandmother treated, quality care will prevail. As my career has evolved, I have come to the realization that numbers are the reflection of the quality of care we provide. We don’t know what we look like unless we look in a mirror.”