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Influence of nurse manager leadership styles on staff

Editor's Note Nurse managers who provide support and communication through transformational and transactional leadership styles have a positive impact on staff nurse work engagement and can improve organizational outcomes, this study finds. A total of 441 staff nurses working in three acute care hospitals were surveyed. Transactional and transformational leadership…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2016
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Higher staff turnover correlates with volume increase at ASCs

As surgical volume increases, staffing challenges are trending slightly upward for OR leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), with increases in open positions and turnover, according to the 2016 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than half of respondents (56%) reported higher surgical volumes during the past 12 months, significantly…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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Comparison of RN turnover by Magnet status

Editor's Note RN turnover because of environment-related reasons was higher in non-Magnet hospitals than Magnet hospitals in this study. Non-Magnet hospitals had 4.7 times higher turnover rates because of staffing and workload and 1.4 times higher turnover rates because of work schedules than Magnet hospitals. Nursing administrators in Magnet and…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 4, 2016
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RNs at Kaiser’s LA Medical Center on 7-day strike

Editor's Note RNs at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center began a 7-day strike on March 15, PR Newswire reports. The focus of the strike is on: improving staffing to protect patient care achieving economic gains to retain experienced RNs and increase recruitment of new RNs. The walkout affects 1,200…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 16, 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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Active listening lowers stress, builds confidence

The use of storytelling and listening to staff stories can be a valuable tool to help OR managers understand and mitigate workplace challenges and incivility. These are the findings of a doctoral study by Patricia Littlejohn, MBA, RN, CNOR, director, neurosciences and program development, Regional Medical Center, San Jose, California.…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 16, 2015
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ST to RN program speeds nurse orientation and bolsters perioperative workforce

When it comes to filling OR nursing positions, finding candidates who can fit into that environment is one challenge, and getting them up to speed quickly is another. Perioperative nurse leaders and educators at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, have found it worthwhile to invest in their surgical technologists…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
December 16, 2015
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Research finds higher productivity in positive work cultures

Editor's Note A large and growing body of research demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat work environment harmful to productivity, but a positive environment leads to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line, the December 1 Harvard Business Review reports. Creating a positive and healthy culture includes…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 2, 2015
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Empowering staff yields high return on investment

Building healthy relationships between leaders and employees is vital to the success of any organization. It’s especially important in perioperative services because of the teamwork needed to provide safe patient care. OR leaders must invest in their employees by fostering trust, job embeddedness, and employee commitment, empowerment, and accountability.  …

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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Successful recruitment and retention of engaged employees--Part 2

—Part 1 of this two-part series, published in the September issue of OR Manager, discussed staff engagement and how to hire engaged staff. Once staff are hired, it’s important to keep them engaged and measure the level of engagement. This article describes how to do that.   How do you…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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