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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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Survey marks 25 years with rise in volume and open positions

After several years of stability, primarily a result of the 2008 economic downturn, there are signs that OR nurses are once again on the move, according to the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. The percentage of respondents reporting an increase in RN open positions compared with 12 months ago…

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By: OR Manager
August 17, 2015
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Staffing at most ASCs stays stable despite recruitment challenges

Although ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff show a slightly greater inclination to change jobs than they did in 2014, staffing remains relatively stable in a market with continued recruitment challenges and slower volume increases, according to the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly one-fourth (24%) of respondents reported an…

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By: OR Manager
August 17, 2015
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Successful recruitment and retention of engaged employees—Part 1

As part of the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, nearly one-fourth of respondents from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) reported an increase in the turnover rate for RNs in the past 12 months, and many said they have at least one open position. In the comments section of the survey,…

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By: OR Manager
August 17, 2015
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