September 3, 2014

The 2014 Annual Required Training (ART) course will be live in Decision Critical from Tuesday, September 2, to Tuesday, September 30. All employees, contractors, volunteers, etc. will have until September 30, or earlier at the discretion of their leader, to complete the course to satisfy ART requirements. The completion goal is 100 percent across the organization.

This year, in an effort to simplify the process for employees, the ART course and test have been combined. What this means is that in order to receive credit for ART, you must first review the course slides and complete the module quizzes before advancing to the Acknowledgements section. There will not be a separately graded test this year as in previous years. Your completion of the Acknowledgements section will be your official record of completion.

What is the purpose of ART?
Joint Commission and OSHA require that staff renew their knowledge on an annual basis regarding key components such as: Patient Safety, Bloodborne Pathogens, Hand Hygiene, Diversity and several other important topics. Texas Children’s, in keeping with HIPAA guidelines, also requires staff to review their knowledge regarding Privacy, Compliance, and Information Security to ensure that Texas Children’s continues to sustain a safe and ethical environment in which to work and receive care.

Who is exempt from ART?

All workforce members are required to complete ART except for:

  • Texas Children’s new employees (including Texas Children’s physicians) who were hired after January 1, 2014.
  • Physicians, residents, fellows, dentists, podiatrists and licensed Ph.D. Psychologists not employed by Texas Children’s.

To access the course follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the ‘Annual Required Training / Decision Critical’ link on the Connect homepage under the ‘Quick Links’ heading.
  2. Log-in to Decision Critical.
  3. Click on the ‘Continue’ box.
  4. Click on ‘My Training Plan’.
  5. Find the course title:
    • 2014 Annual Required Training
  6. Click on the ‘Online Course’ link to launch the course.