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October 2017
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Effectiveness of intraop teaching course for surgeons

Editor's Note In this study, a half-day faculty development course designed to equip surgical educators with frameworks shown to promote learning in the OR helped faculty members deliver improved instruction as perceived by surgical residents. A total of 19 faculty members completed the course. Associate professors demonstrated improved briefing, debriefing,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2017
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Perception of OR safety of surgical practice linked to postop mortality

Editor's Note The perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was associated with hospital level 30-day postoperative patient mortality rates in this study. As part of the Safe Surgery 2015: South Carolina initiative, a baseline survey measuring perception of safety of surgical practice among OR personnel was completed.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2017
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Peer feedback helps promote professionalism in the OR

Behaviors that undermine a culture of safety and respect have long been a concern among healthcare workers and professionals. Such conduct can adversely affect teamwork, clinical outcomes, and trust. In recent years, unprofessional conduct has come under increased scrutiny by the Joint Commission, American Medical Association, AORN, and other professional…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 22, 2017
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OR Manager of the Year driven by passion for patient care

Having a “patients first” philosophy, demonstrating integrity, and inspiring trust through personal leadership are among the accolades attributed to Michael A. Hofmann, BSN, RN, the 2017 OR Manager of the Year. As regional director of perioperative services, Ascension/St Elizabeth Hospital, Fox Valley, in Appleton, Wisconsin, Hofmann oversees three ORs, one…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 22, 2017
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Diverse workforce a boon, not a burden

Generational diversity issues in the workplace have never been more present or more complex. As many as six generations are now working side by side, and a great generational shift is underway. At one end of the spectrum, the workforce is aging, while at the other end, it is getting…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 13, 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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Conference closer reveals keys to engaging staff

Anyone who heard Vicki Hess, MS, RN, CSP, speak at the annual OR Manager Conference in 2013 probably remembers her lively, compelling message in the closing keynote presentation. Her interactive “Time Out!” talk left attendees with renewed energy and a take-home tool—a simple five-step “SHIFT” checklist to help OR managers…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 13, 2017
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Influence of nurse leaders on professional practice environment

Editor's Note Nurse leaders are integral in enhancing professional practice environments, and their influence links structures necessary for an environment that supports outcomes, this study finds. In this analysis of 30 nurse leaders and 169 clinical nurses at a 247-bed acute care Magnet hospital, leaders perceived their influence from “often”…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2017
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Customer service can make or break a patient's experience

Healthcare providers and their patients have benefited from practices borrowed from other industries—for example, the checklists and time-outs used in aviation or the Lean management principles used in manufacturing. Applying lessons learned in the entertainment industry to the hospital setting may seem like a stretch, but Dennis Snow will explore…

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By: Paula DeJohn
June 20, 2017
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Employee engagement: The path to better patient care--Part 2

Nurse engagement and leadership development were among the top concerns cited in a recent survey of healthcare leaders who reflected on challenges in nursing. To engage the nurse workforce, leaders themselves must be engaged, perioperative services leaders recently told OR Manager. In part 1 of this two-part series, they discussed…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2017
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Importance of factors associated with nurse retention

Editor's Note Clinical and managerial competence, engagement with employees, and presence on the unit were the most important factors for retaining a satisfied nursing workforce in this study. A total of 279 nurses at a 391-bed Magnet hospital were surveyed with the Baptist Health Nurse Retention Questionnaire. Results showed that…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 14, 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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