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Nursing work environment linked to better surgical value

Editor's Note Hospitals with better nursing work environments and above-average staffing levels were associated with better surgical value (ie, lower mortality with similar costs), especially for higher-risk patients, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, found. The study compared outcomes and patient costs at 35 focal hospitals recognized nationally as…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 25, 2016
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Editorial

Change is uppermost in people’s minds as a new year begins, so the time seems right to anticipate changes we’ll see in healthcare in 2016. To imagine some of what the future holds, consider two recent changes in how providers are being reimbursed: ICD-10, the vastly expanded DRG codes that…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 20, 2016
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Professional peer review compels staff to improve performance and quality—Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series, published in the January issue of OR Manager, discussed the concepts of professional peer review (PPR). In this article, experts from University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock, Texas, and Boston Medical Center share strategies for implementing the process.   Staff involvement Once staff understand…

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By: OR Manager
January 20, 2016
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Nurses top Gallup poll as most honest, ethical profession

Editor's Note Nurses have topped Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics ratings every year but one since 1999, when they were added to the list. The exception was in 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis after September 11. With an 85% rating, nurses are 17…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 6, 2016
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Managing disruptive behavior will remove bullies from the OR

Hundreds of nurse leaders filled the room for a presentation on dealing with difficult people during the annual OR Manager Conference in October 2015—a testament to the prevalence of bullies and disruptive behavior in the OR environment. “In early 2011, a Google search was run using the terms ‘nurse bullying’…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Editorial

Workplace violence reached a whole new level with the San Bernardino mass shooting earlier this month that left 14 dead just a week after three people died in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. These incidents occurred for different reasons, but both cut short people’s lives…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Professional peer review compels staff to improve performance and quality—Part 1

The most successful perioperative services leaders are those who have built excellent teams that balance individual responsibility and accountability with respect for all team members, regardless of the roles they play. To create that culture, OR leaders must model the behavior and attitudes they expect from their staffs. One way…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Significant progress made since IOM future of nursing report

Editor's Note Significant progress has been made toward transforming nursing roles, responsibilities, and education to meet the nation’s healthcare needs, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report assesses the progress made since the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on the future of…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2015
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Study: Lower patient satisfaction associated with nurses trained abroad

Editor's Note Employment of nurses trained abroad to substitute for nurses educated at home may negatively impact quality of care, finds this study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia;  University of Southampton, Southampton, UK; and Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2015
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ANA report highlights optimal nurse staffing

Editor's Note Appropriate nurse staffing is associated with improved quality of care and patient outcomes. This is the conclusion of a new white paper by the American Nurses Association and Washington, DC-based consulting firm Avalere, in collaboration with nurses and policy experts. The white paper is the first in a…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2015
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