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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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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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Long work hours tied to higher risk of CVD

Editor's Note Working 46 hours per week or more increases the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), this study finds. Beginning at 46 hours, increasing work hours were progressively associated with increased risk of CVD (ie, angina, coronary disease, heart failure, heart attack, high blood pressure, or stroke). Compared to…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2016
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Nurse staffing, work environment linked to readmissions after total joints

Editor's Note Readmissions after total hip and knee replacements are associated with nurse staffing levels and poor nurse work environments, finds this study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia. The study analyzed data on more than 112,000 Medicare patients in nearly 500 hospitals. Adjusting for patient and…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 3, 2016
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Lower patient-to-nurse ratios tied to better patient survival

Editor's Note This study from the UK found that a patient-to-nurse ratio of no more than six patients per nurse on medical wards was associated with 20% lower patient mortality than when each nurse was responsible for at least 10 patients. Results also showed a 17% reduction in mortality with…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2016
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