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Economic conditions improve; directors strive to reduce costs

Profile of the typical OR nurse leader The typical leader of a hospital OR in the OR Manager Salary/Career Survey: earns an average salary of $127,000 for an administrative director, $104,000 for a director, and $89,000 for a nurse manager received a raise of 3.5% holds the title of director…

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By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
October 1, 2010
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Manager 'excellent at building bridges'

Collaborative and hands-on—those are common themes in letters nominating Lorna Eberle, RN, BSN, CNOR, as the 2010 OR Manager of the Year. As director of perioperative services at Providence St Peter Hospital (PSPH) in Olympia, Washington, Eberle manages, in addition to the 11-room OR, 8 other departments with a total…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2010
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Onboarding: OR observation, the interview, and job offer

Second in a series on selecting and hiring perioperative nurses and integrating them into the staff. It has become increasingly evident that ORs need to train their own circulators. St Luke's Boise Medical Center in Idaho has developed a 14-step onboarding program that helps to recruit and retain qualified RN…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2010
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Developing a transfer plan for MH crisis

Malignant hyperthermia hotline 1-800-644-9737 Outside the US: 1-315-464-7079 Download a sample MH emergency therapy poster at http://medical.mhaus.org When malignant hyperthermia (MH) surfaces in an ambulatory surgery setting, minutes count—the patient needs to be stabilized immediately and transferred to a hospital. But will the ambulance service have the right equipment and…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2010
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A call for mandatory flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations should be a condition of employment or privileges for all health care personnel, two infection control societies advocate. Being vaccinated is a "professional and ethical responsibility" and not complying with a facility's vaccination policy should not be tolerated, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) said in…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2010
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Economy, Medicare squeeze ASCs

Financial difficulties are challenging more managers of ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) this year, according to results of the 20th annual OR Manager Salary/ Career Survey. Average annual salary (and total compensation) by region Note: Total compensation includes wages/salary plus bonuses, insurance, pension, etc. Much of the change can be attributed…

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By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
October 1, 2010
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Allografts: Overview of the process

Like organ donation, tissue donation is an end-of-life gift that can save or enhance the lives of 50 people, often many more. Donated human tissue, also called allografts, can be used in a variety of replacement, reconstructive, or regenerative surgical procedures. Beginning with an individual's decision to donate, each step…

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By: Martha Anderson
October 1, 2010
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Donor screening: First step in safety

Screening of tissue donors is a critical step in ensuring tissue safety. Screening is a complex, multidisciplinary process that begins every time a family says "yes" to the option of donation and ends when tissue is released for transplant. Tissue banks vary in what is considered a suitable donor. Regulating…

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By: Judi Togerson, BSN, CTBS
October 1, 2010
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