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The leadership gap expected to occur when Baby Boomers retire leaves many OR managers worried about succession planning. About 40% of respondents to the annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey plan to retire between now and 2026. By 2020, about half of all nurses will be Millennials, according to the literature.…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 19, 2017
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Externships help suss out nurses best suited to the OR

Where will new OR nurses come from in the future? Some OR leaders are answering that question with nurse externship programs for students. Although they require an initial investment, these programs can ultimately pay off financially. Externs who decide to train for the OR tend to be happy with their…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 19, 2017
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Skill plus will equals successful OR leadership succession

The makeup of the nursing workforce, specifically the aging of that group, has been the subject of numerous publications and presentations in the last decade. Many have made dire predictions that a shortfall of nurses will likely occur in the near future, but a nationwide scarcity of severe impact has…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CSSM, CNOR
October 19, 2017
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Improved communication tools put PACU visitors at ease

About 8 years ago, Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland had a policy that required visitors to wait in the surgery waiting room at least 3 hours before being allowed to visit their loved ones. The postanesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse was not expected to communicate with the family while…

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By: OR Manager
October 19, 2017
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Walk the talk: Words matter when it comes to patient safety

Every week Ann Shimek, MSN, BSN, RN, CASC, hits the road to communicate about communicating. Shimek is senior vice president of clinical operations at United Surgical Partners International (USPI) in Addison, Texas. She and her team of six clinical nurses travel among USPI’s 21 hospitals and 260 ambulatory surgery centers…

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By: Leslie Flowers
October 19, 2017
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Study: Nursing workforce growing more diverse, educated

Editor's Note The nursing workforce is growing more diverse and educated, and relationships between nurses and physicians are improving, finds this study. Data on nearly 5,000 nurses in 13 states were included in the study. The nurses comprised four cohorts who were surveyed in 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2016. Significantly…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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Capitol Hill lawmakers participate in ACS bleeding control training

Editor's Note Nearly 40 members of Congress and staff on October 12 received training from surgeon members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) on how to stop life-threatening bleeding. The class was designed to teach individuals with no prior medical knowledge how to control rapid bleeding from traumatic injuries…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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Millennials almost twice as likely as baby boomers to become RNs

Editor's Note Millennials are entering the nursing workforce at nearly double the rate that baby boomers once did, this study finds. Overall, a millennial is 186% more likely to become an RN than a baby boomer. This means the RN workforce will continue to grow, but boomer retirements will still…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2017
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Joint Commission deletes Medication Management EP

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on October 4 that it is deleting element of performance (EP) 3 for Medication Management 09.01.01 for hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective October 1. The standard states: “The [critical access] hospital educates patients, and their families as needed, regarding the appropriate use of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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The financial cost of physician burnout

Editor's Note A lack of awareness of the financial burden of physician burnout and uncertainty about what can be done to reduce or prevent it have been barriers to organizations taking action to address the problem, finds this study. Reviewing available evidence and analyzing the financial costs of physician burnout…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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