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October 2017
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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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Implications of patient age, ASA status on OR management decisions

Editor's Note Evaluation of patient age and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status as variables can help OR managers better predict turnaround times, which can facilitate scheduling, this study finds. Researchers developed models of turnaround times of 13, 632 OR procedures with respect to multiple variables including surgical schedule,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 23, 2016
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Nurses’ perceptions of EHR

Editor's Note This study was designed to understand nurses’ perceptions of using an electronic health record (EHR) at the point of care. At 1 year after EHR adoption, the nurses said: it did not improve patient care the learning curve was steep they had lower confidence using the EHR than…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 17, 2016
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Healthcare and self-care dovetail as themes at business conference

More than 350 surgical services leaders from across the US gathered at the OR Business Management Conference in Glendale, Arizona, in February to learn strategies for managing both healthcare and self-care. Attendees came away inspired by thought-provoking keynotes and ready to implement ideas sparked by interactive sessions, exhibitors, and their…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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Post-OR career path may lead to business opportunity - Part 2

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is an exciting first step in launching a new career, but ensuring the success of that career requires several other steps. Part 1 of this series on entrepreneurship (OR Manager, March 2016, pp 1, 11-13) explored several self-assessment strategies for making the decision to take…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 17, 2016
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2015 OR Business Management eLearning Course: Technology and Teamwork to Maximize Efficiency and the Patient Experience in the OR

OR Manager presents this eLearning course created from a popular session at the 2015 OR Business Management Conference, pre-approved for 1.5 contact hours. This eLearning course was presented by expert speakers from the conference. Technology and Teamwork to Maximize Efficiency and the Patient Experience in the OR: 1.5 CEs Efficiency problems…

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Emotional intelligence correlates with transformational leadership in nurse managers

Editor's Note In this study, emotional leadership in nurse managers was significantly, positively correlated with transformational leadership and outcome measures of extra-effort, effectiveness, and satisfaction. In addition, emotional leadership was significantly, negatively correlated with laissez-faire leadership. A positive relationship also was found between transformational leadership and nurse managers with advanced…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2016
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Effect of leadership practices on nurse retention, quality care

Editor's Note This Canadian study finds that transformational leadership practices lead to high quality care and increased retention of new nurses. Conversely, abusive managers lead to poorer quality care and a strong intention for nurses to leave healthcare facilities and quit the nursing profession. The authors surveyed a sample of…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 26, 2016
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Business managers: A small population with a big impact on quality and efficiency

The role of business manager continues to grow in teaching, but not community, hospitals, according to the 2015 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Fewer than a third (29%) of OR leaders report that their hospital has a business manager, and 70% of those managers work in teaching hospitals. Other highlights from…

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By: OR Manager
October 28, 2015
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Ebola surgical protocols enhance safety of patients and personnel

In the months since Ebola patients were first treated in US hospitals, much progress has been made in establishing protocols to protect patients and healthcare workers from harm. Though the number of Ebola patients in the US remains small compared with the thousands in African countries, the disease continues to…

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By: OR Manager
March 26, 2015
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Gains are worth the pain in forming comanagement agreements

The changing healthcare environment is forcing physicians and hospitals to find new ways of working together to achieve top performance. As payers move to value-based purchasing and providers raise the bar on quality, efficiency, and cost savings, a sustainable model that drives results is essential. One effective physician–hospital model built…

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By: OR Manager
March 25, 2015
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2015 OR Business Management eLearning Course: The Income Statement: The New Leader's Role in Revenue & Expenses

OR Manager presents this eLearning course created from a popular session at the 2015 OR Business Management Conference, pre-approved for 3 contact hours. This eLearning course was presented by expert speakers from the conference. The Income Statement: The New Leader's Role in Revenue & Expenses: 3 CEs Many healthcare leaders are…

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