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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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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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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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How to attract Gen Zers to the workforce

Editor's Note Generation Z is beginning to enter the workforce, and recruiting is not the same as for millennials, the August 14 Fortune.com reports. Like the millennials, many Gen Zers want to do work that has a positive impact on the world, but they are more concerned about job security…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 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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Creativity holds keys to competency assessment

How can leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) ensure they have a competent staff? First, they must hire staff with the right skill sets, and then they should implement meaningful methods for ongoing assessment. Here are some strategies for meeting these goals.   Begin with the hiring process “When you…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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Survey gives snapshot of today’s nursing workforce

Editor's Note RNs today are younger, more diverse, and more highly educated, according to the 2015 National Nursing Workforce Survey. Results show: The average age of RNs is 48.8 years, showing that the aging of the RN population is slowing and that retirements portend no impending shortage. Men made up…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2016
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Serious fun: Using humor to engage OR staff

New ideas and a renewed sense of purpose are two things OR Manager Conference attendees can expect to take home from each year’s gathering. Those who listen to Jody Urquhart will also return to their ORs armed with ways to inspire and engage their staffs. Urquhart, author of All Work…

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By: OR Manager
July 19, 2016
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BLS: Demand for RNs remains high

Editor's Note The healthcare sector is on track to produce nearly 440,000 jobs for RNs by 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. The healthcare sector added 46,000 jobs overall in May, including more than 24,000 ambulatory care positions and more than 5,000 positions in nursing facilities. According to…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2016
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Nursing work environments linked to value

Editor's Note Hospitals with better nursing work environments and above-average staffing levels were associated with better value (ie, lower mortality with similar costs), especially for higher risk patients, this study finds. The study included 25,752 elderly Medicare general surgery patients treated at 35 focal hospitals (mean nurse-to-bed ratio, 1.51) and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2016
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