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The Hospital Safety Score, issued twice yearly, uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the American Hospital Association. Leapfrog rated 2,571 hospitals on their ability…

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By: OR Manager
June 20, 2016
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From shared to professional governance

Editor's Note The concept of shared governance has evolved to professional governance with the attributes of accountability, professional obligation, collateral relationships, and effective decision-making, this study finds. For 40 years, shared governance served as a nonhierarchical structural framework to create an environment that supports professional nursing practice and interdependence with management. The time…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2016
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Editorial

Intriguing new research cites medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2013 said the top three causes of death were heart disease (611,105 deaths), cancer (584,881), and chronic respiratory disease (149,205).…

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By: yshamis
May 16, 2016
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Leadership lessons from wartime nurses

Best-selling author and professor Elizabeth M. Norman, PhD, RN, will give the keynote address on Thursday, September 22, during the annual OR Manager Conference in Las Vegas. Norman, who spoke at the conference in 2000, has interviewed numerous nurses working in war zones. Drawing on her many years of experience,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 16, 2016
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National Nurses Week is May 6-12

Editor's Note National Nurses Week is May 6-12, with May 12 celebrated as International Nurses Day in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. This year’s theme is “Culture of Safety: It starts with You.”…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 29, 2016
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Faculty-student relationships, communication key to developing nurse leaders

Editor's Note The addition of the clinical nurse leader role in school curriculums attests to the importance of this role in nursing, the April 18 Nurse.com reports. Nurse faculty members have the power to shape their students’ knowledge and understanding of what a nurse leader is through their attitude and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2016
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Emotional intelligence: A mark of superior OR leadership

Emotional intelligence is a phrase bandied about in the literature and lay press, but what exactly is it and why should OR leaders care about it? Emotional intelligence (EI) is linked to higher levels of patient, staff, and physician satisfaction as well as patient safety. As such, it’s an important…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Editorial

Healthcare, business, and political leaders convened at the World Healthcare Congress in Washington, DC, in April to discuss payment, regulatory reforms, new technology, and evolving models of patient care. During the Nurse Leadership Summit portion of the conference, a session on population health management was noteworthy. Panel members discussed transitional…

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By: OR Manager
April 20, 2016
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Nurse innovators pursue ideas to improve patient care, build new devices

Editor's Note Nurses are becoming innovators at the MakerHealth Space at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston---a workspace where they can brainstorm ideas for healthcare innovations that will improve patient care, and they can build prototypes of their ideas. MakerHealth Space began as an expedition site for a concept from…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2016
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New leaders elected at AORN Surgical Conference & Expo

Editor's Note The election results for the new national leaders of AORN announced April 6 at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo in Anaheim, California, are: President-elect: Nathalie F. Walker, MBA, RN, CNOR Vice-president: Missi F. Merlino, MBA, RN, CNOR Board of directors: Elizabeth S. Pincus, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR;…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2016
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