Sara Virginia Knight, RN, PhD

Professional Discipline:
• Nursing

Special Qualifications:
• Since 1982 has provided compliance and survey readiness focused consultation to psychiatric hospitals and various levels of behavioral health care

• MSN (Yale University) and PhD (University of Virginia) focused on behavioral health care and application of research concepts in clinical practice
• 1981: ANA Certification in Psychiatry-Mental Health Nursing

JC Experience:
• 1980-2004: Joint Commission Surveyor for all levels of behavioral health care and hospital psychiatry. Appointed to Joint Commission National Task Force for seclusion and restraint and served on Surveyor Advisory Committee for two years.

• 1990-2007: Joint Commission Resources consultant for all levels of behavioral health care and hospital psychiatry

CMS Experience:
• CMS regulations are ongoing focus of consultation activities for hospitals and other levels of care. 

• 1989-1996: Responsible for CMS certification as well as Joint Commission accreditation for eight corporate hospitals and long term care facilities

Hospital Experience:
• 2008: Ongoing PI Program development and survey readiness for state hospitals in Delaware and Arkansas
•Provided intensive technical assistance and consultation services for several years to state hospitals in Alaska, Florida, and Louisiana for continuous survey readiness, organizational systems development, and implementation of recovery concepts

• Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Faculty member for University of California at San Francisco, Langley Porter for three years

• Four years of early clinical experience serving people with serious mental illness in psychiatric emergency services, acute inpatient, and community mental health.

Community Experience:
• Conducted Joint Commission surveys and provided mental health and chemical dependency consultation to all levels of care and all ages, including residential; day hospital; CMHCs; outpatient; PACT; foster care; group homes; and home care.

• Provided CMHC nursing services to people with serious mental illness at University of California, Davis in the 1970s

Consulting Interests:
• Practical approaches to continuous survey readiness for Joint Commission and CMS

• Person centered care and service implementation by multidisciplinary teams

• Development of useful recovery/treatment plans 

• Development of practical, effective Performance Improvement

• Implementation of Evidence Based and other practices that are currently accepted as “best”

• Clinical safety, including proactive risk assessment
• Failure Mode and Effects Analysis and RCA techniques

For Customer Contact:

• Home State: VA
• CV Available Upon Request