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OR leaders report strong job satisfaction but weak compensation

Despite continued challenges ranging from declining reimbursements to finding qualified staff, most OR leaders (71%) are satisfied with their jobs, according to the 2017 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. However, they are less inclined to view some parts of that job favorably. Slightly more than half (55%) are satisfied with…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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ASC leaders like their jobs despite stagnant salaries

Despite the turmoil in healthcare, leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are a highly satisfied group, with 83% having a favorable view of their current position, according to the OR Manager 2017 Salary/Career Survey. But ASC leaders are markedly less satisfied when it comes to their compensation, with 60% viewing…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2017
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Survey: Surgical volume creeps up amid scramble for new staff

The pace of increased surgical volume has slowed, but continues to trend upward, according to the 2017 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. The volume of surgical procedures in the past 12 months increased for 43% of respondents, the same as in 2015, but was down from the 51% reported last…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 22, 2017
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ASCs struggle to match staffing to demand

Hiring experienced staff remains a challenge for leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) even as many organizations increase case volume and specialties, according to the 2017 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents said that recruiting experienced RNs had become more difficult in the past 12…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 22, 2017
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Survey: OR staff low in volume, experience, engagement—Part 3

High staff engagement contributes to the success of an organization, but OR managers are finding it tough to engage their staffs, given the multitude of changes in healthcare and stressors in the OR. In the final article of this three-part series, OR Manager examines the challenge of staff engagement, along…

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By: OR Manager
November 14, 2016
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DIY: Benefits of Building Your Own Perioperative Dashboard

After this session you will be able to: 1. Understand why real-time data transparency is more important than ever. 2. List what resources are needed for you to build your own web-based, interactive perioperative dashboard along with expected costs. 3. Explain how to use your own dashboard to maximize its…

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Survey: OR staff low in volume, experience, engagement—Part 2

Part 1 of this series on staffing challenges, published in October OR Manager, explored the challenge of increased demand. In Part 2, we turn to lack of experience, again including examples of how OR leaders are responding.   Recruiting for experience In all, 70% of respondents to the 2016 OR…

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By: OR Manager
October 17, 2016
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Nurses strike at 5 Minnesota hospitals

Editor's Note Nearly 5,000 Minnesota nurses are on strike after contract talks broke down, the September 5 Modern Healthcare reports.  The walkout at five Minneapolis-St Paul hospitals began Monday, September 5, at 7 am. The main issues of the negotiations include health insurance, workplace safety, and staffing. Allina Health says it…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2016
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Salary remains flat as volume increases for OR leaders

OR leaders face an increasing number of stresses, ranging from pressure to trim already lean budgets to searching for staff who could potentially replace them as they contemplate retirement. At the same time, OR leaders’ salaries remain flat, according to results from the 2016 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Respondents…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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Survey: OR staff low in volume, experience, engagement—Part 1

OR managers might yearn for a past when a well-staffed team of experienced RNs and surgical technologists were committed heart and soul to their jobs, but it’s clear that idyllic time is gone, if indeed, it ever really existed. Most managers now face a triple threat in staffing trends, any…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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Survey finds little change in ASC leader compensation, satisfaction

Leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing little to no growth in salary, even through most are experiencing higher surgical volumes, according to the OR Manager 2016 Salary/Career Survey. The average annual salary was $104,721, slightly more than the $102,051 in 2015, but the average total compensation was down…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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