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New perioperative immersion clinical steadily spreading its wings

A perioperative immersion clinical for nurses pursuing a bachelor of science degree has gotten off to a good start in Wisconsin. Launched in 2012, the program matches students with preceptors during the final semester of their senior year. Students complete 252 clinical hours and the entire AORN Peri-Op 101 curriculum,…

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By: OR Manager
July 15, 2014
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Orientation redesign improves employee satisfaction, retention

What do you do when your orientation program isn’t effective in educating and retaining OR staff? Carol Pehotsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CPAN, director of peri-operative education at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, found herself in that position 3 years ago. “We blew it all up and started over,” she…

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By: OR Manager
July 15, 2014
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Morale boosters can make your hospital a desirable place to work

Google is the best company in America to work for, according to Fortune Magazine. Thousands of smart, creative individuals want to work there, not only for perks like nap rooms and free food, but also because of Google’s reputation for supportive management, effective communication, and rewards for a job well…

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By: OR Manager
April 16, 2014
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Survey finds staffing patterns stable but positions hard to fill

A sluggish economy continues to drive OR staffing, according to the 23rd annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Although economic growth in the US has ticked slightly upward, 70% of respondents say the economy affected their OR staffing in the past 6 months, comparable to 68% last year and 69% in…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2013
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Turnover rates plummet with Patient Care Intern training program

Nurse turnover is a problem that affects the performance and profitability of every health care organization. The cost of a nurse leaving a facility is roughly twice that nurse’s annual salary while a replacement is sought and orientation is completed. In addition, patient care may be compromised because the temporary…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2013
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New staffing structure builds on success of specialty team model

Less than a year after adopting a “college structure” model akin to that of specialty teams, the UF & Shands Academic Health Center in Gainesville, Florida, is close to achieving a goal of 100% on-time starts. “We track first-case start times, and a report goes out every morning, so we’ll…

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By: OR Manager
July 1, 2013
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ORs modifying on-call practices to recruit and retain nursing staff

On-call requirements in perioperative services can be a barrier to recruiting younger RNs and in retaining older nurses. Covering the daily surgical schedule with fatigued staff who have worked during the night can be a safety issue or a staffing issue if the call team is too tired to work…

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By: OR Manager
April 1, 2013
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New on-call plan helps to stabilize the staff and budget

A heavy call schedule at one community hospital was driving the perioperative staff away and raising concerns about patient safety because of staff fatigue. With a staff turnover rate of 40% in 2007, the perioperative management team knew changes were needed. Since then, a new staffing model has almost eliminated…

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By: OR Manager
April 1, 2013
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Beyond bucks: Best ideas for recognizing staff

Motivation means more than money. That’s a message perioperative nursing directors have taken to heart. The 2012 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey asked OR managers and directors for their most successful ways of recognizing staff beyond salary raises and bonuses. Most often mentioned by hospital OR directors are: • thank you…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2012
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Older nurses: A resource too valuable to lose

The average age of a perioperative nurse is higher than the average of 47 for nurses overall. That makes retaining older nurses a critical need for OR managers. The immediate problem has subsided in recent years because of the poor economy. Still, “We’re concerned that as soon as the economy…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2012
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