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Managing disruptive behavior will remove bullies from the OR

Hundreds of nurse leaders filled the room for a presentation on dealing with difficult people during the annual OR Manager Conference in October 2015—a testament to the prevalence of bullies and disruptive behavior in the OR environment. “In early 2011, a Google search was run using the terms ‘nurse bullying’…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Editorial

Workplace violence reached a whole new level with the San Bernardino mass shooting earlier this month that left 14 dead just a week after three people died in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. These incidents occurred for different reasons, but both cut short people’s lives…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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Lower patient satisfaction associated with nurses educated abroad

Many countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, rely on nurses trained abroad during times of nursing shortages. However, little is known about how this practice affects quality of care and patient satisfaction. A new study examines whether patient satisfaction with nursing care in National Health Service hospitals in…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2015
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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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Professional peer review compels staff to improve performance and quality—Part 1

The most successful perioperative services leaders are those who have built excellent teams that balance individual responsibility and accountability with respect for all team members, regardless of the roles they play. To create that culture, OR leaders must model the behavior and attitudes they expect from their staffs. One way…

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By: OR Manager
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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ANA report highlights optimal nurse staffing

Editor's Note Appropriate nurse staffing is associated with improved quality of care and patient outcomes. This is the conclusion of a new white paper by the American Nurses Association and Washington, DC-based consulting firm Avalere, in collaboration with nurses and policy experts. The white paper is the first in a…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2015
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Editorial

Future shortfalls in the number of healthcare providers are widely anticipated as baby boomers retire and people live longer, thereby increasing the patient population. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected more than a million openings for RNs and advanced practice RNs in the coming years and a 19%…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 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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