Hello and welcome to Peer Check 360!
My name is Scott McKnight, founder and CEO of PeerCheck360,LLC. and I am a Master’s-prepared Registered Nurse (RN) and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). I have worked in the healthcare community since 2006 and in public safety as a firefighter/EMT since 2005. I am married to my beautiful bride and father to four wonderful children.
In healthcare, I have worked as a nursing assistant, staff nurse (Medical-Surgical, Emergency Department, Critical Care Transport, Surgery/Endoscopy), nurse manager, and clinical educator.
I have faced many difficult situations that would make most people extremely uncomfortable or even physically sick to the stomach. I do not share this to boost my own ego. I share this to help healthcare professionals realize they are not alone.
I am acutely aware of the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and first responders. I have first hand experience facing difficult, traumatic, and emotionally charged situations and know that many are forced to FACE THESE SITUATIONS ALONE and it is considered A PART OF THE JOB.
Read that again.
This is unacceptable.
Through PeerCheck360.com it is my desire to bring awareness to the difficult and chaotic realities experienced by healthcare professionals, provide training to others to support others, and share this with healthcare leaders, organizations, and the community at large.
I believe that “demonstrating brotherly love to the healthcare community” is key to help facilitate improvement in mental health and soul health for individuals.
So Why Peer Check 360?
A peer represents every person. In the Bible, we are told that each person is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27). As such, each person is unique, special, and important. Just because your story and experiences may be different, YOU are still vital and fill a special place in this world.
The term “Good Samaritan” is well known in both religious and secular circles generally referring to a good person that helps a stranger in need. But what is the Good Samaritan story really about and why do we choose to focus on it in our organization?
In Luke 10, a lawyer talks with Jesus about how he might inherit eternal life. He knows he must follow the Jewish law – love your neighbor as yourself – and so he asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” In other words, who is my Peer?
Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, where a man, presumably Jewish, is attacked, robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. A priest and a Levite, both considered honorable to the Jewish audience, pass the man by. Then a Samaritan, a person belonging to a culture that the Jewish people of the time would have despised, takes pity on the man. He Checks on him. The Samaritan bandages his wounds, takes him to an inn, cares for him, and leaves money with the innkeeper to continue the care.
When Jesus asks which of these three – the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan – acted as a neighbor to the robbed man, the lawyer answers “The one who showed him mercy.”
As Jesus often does, he turns the question of “who is my neighbor?” on its head and instead answers “who might be a neighbor to me?”
We all need someone who is willing to reach out by demonstrating brotherly love. At Peer Check 360, we are here to teach and demonstrate how to do just that.
At PeerCheck360, we believe that every peer has something to contribute, and it may be the person we least expect who will check in on us in our time of need. Our job as good neighbors is to be there for one another by performing a 360 degree search wherever we may find ourselves and to work together to affirm the dignity entitled to every person as a child of God. We are caring, collaborative, and we bring our peers together to follow the example of the Good Samaritan and heed Jesus’ words, “Go and do likewise.”