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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: Nurses love their work, fatigue a problem

Editor's Note A new Kronos survey finds that 93% of nurses are satisfied with their career choice, but fatigue is a substantial issue, the May 8 Business Wire reports. In the survey titled, “Employee Engagement in Nursing,” 98% say their work is both physically and mentally demanding. More than 40%…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2017
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Bulletproof Solutions for Finding-Free Joint Commission and CMS Surveys

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Summarize 2017 Joint Commission standards and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations. 2. Develop strategies to ensure ongoing compliance and survey readiness. 3. Understand methodologies surveyors utilize to assess compliance. Why this is important: As anyone who has undergone a…

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Nurses again top Gallup poll for ethics, trustworthiness

Editor's Note Nursing remains the most-trusted profession in Gallup’s annual honesty and ethical standards survey for the 15th year in a row. A total of 84% of respondents rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as high or very high. Pharmacists and physicians were second and third in the ratings at…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2017
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Joint Commission announces Medicare-deemed ASC survey changes

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 30 announced that to better align with Medicare surveyor guidelines, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) electing to use the Medicare-deemed option may receive adjustment to the length of time for the survey and number of surveyors. The Life Safety Code component of the survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2016
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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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Smart marketing helps ASCs attract patients and surgeons—Part 2

Standing out from the competition in any industry requires the use of effective marketing tactics. In the case of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), these tactics can be divided into physician referral, recruitment, and retention; online; and internal and external marketing. Here is a closer look at each of these. (For…

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By: OR Manager
November 14, 2016
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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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Joint Commission, CMS, and DNV-GL: Mastering Standards and Regulations for Successful Surveys

To ensure you are equipped to understand and implement Joint Commission standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements, and DNV-GL standards affecting surgical services and areas that perform invasive procedures, this tell-all workshop will identify hot button survey issues, highlight how surveyors attempt to assess your compliance, and…

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