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February 2018
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Planning can relieve 'growing pains' of hospital mergers

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions are becoming as common as add-on cases in the OR, with hospitals struggling to stay profitable in a financially challenging environment. Between 2008 and 2014, the United States had nearly 400 hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with more than 750 hospitals being acquired or merged. “It’s…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 19, 2018
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR--Part 2

Kermit the frog famously said, “it’s not easy being green.” He longed to be some other color, and OR leaders faced with managing a bully have probably wished they, too, could be someone—or somewhere—else. Using some recommended approaches can help. In Part 2 of this three-part series on bullying, OR…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
January 19, 2018
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Business award caps off a long, successful career

The Best in OR Business Award will be presented to Karlene Power, MSN, BSN, RN, at the 2018 OR Business Management Conference in San Antonio on February 1. Power already has been recognized for her outstanding work at Banner Health in Phoenix, where she is system executive director, perioperative service…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
January 19, 2018
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Effectiveness of structured nursing leadership development program for succession planning

Editor's Note A structured nursing leadership development program that included a Web-based modular approach combined with engaged nursing executive mentorship significantly increased the competence of developing nurse leaders, in this study. The program involved nurses in a large academic health system in the southeastern US in the following roles: Clinical…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2018
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR—Part 1

Nurse bullying is a hot issue, even in the lay press—consider the 2015 Marie Claire article, “Mean Girls of the ER: The Alarming Nurse Culture of Bullying and Hazing.” Numbers vary, but the American Nurses Association reports that between 18% and 31% of nurses have experienced bullying at work. The…

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By: Cynthia Saver
December 14, 2017
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Postop Leadership Techniques: What Makes a Good Mentor?

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Discuss methods to establish and maintain meaningful mentoring relationships in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) arena. 2. Explore leadership strategies that enhance postoperative staff development and communication. 3. Discuss approaches to sustain engaged staff in any setting. Why this is important: Mentorship…

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Peer initiative cultivates a better OR culture

The following “success story” describes the PEER initiative at Geisinger Medical Center, which has involved staff in making decisions to improve processes and communication. OR Manager periodically publishes success stories like this from nurse leaders or other healthcare providers who want to share their experience with our readers. Recent examples…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2017
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Just culture creates a safe, positive environment

Just culture has become a bit of a buzzword, so it’s worth revisiting what the term truly means and how it can be implemented and sustained. Although it’s a powerful tool for improving patient safety, just culture is effective only when leaders set expectations for processes and behavior, and address…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 15, 2017
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Celebrating three decades of OR leader education, networking

More than 1,350 perioperative nurse leaders from across the US and other countries gathered in Orlando, Florida, October 2-4 for the 30th annual OR Manager Conference. The celebration of this milestone anniversary coincided with the inaugural postanesthesia care unit (PACU) Manager Summit, which brought together more than 250 leaders. Many…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 19, 2017
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Editorial

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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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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Leading with Less: Strategies for OR Leadership in a Resource Constrained Era

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Develop strategies to optimize OR block utilization in a competitive environment. 2. Design staffing models to match surgical service demands. 3. Align goals among the varying stakeholders in the OR. Why this is important: Supply never seems to meet demand when it…

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