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Stable benefits but lower salaries noted in annual survey

Operation Desert Storm begins. Tim Berners-Lee introduces the web browser. Thelma & Louise light up movie screens. All these events—and many more—happened in 1991, the first year of the annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Twenty-five years later, the survey continues to reflect nationwide trends in OR nurse leaders’ salaries and…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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Infection prevention tops list of readmission 'action items'

Although most patients spend a brief time in the OR, what happens there significantly impacts a hospital’s 30-day readmission rate. According to a 2015 study in JAMA, complications related to the surgical procedure are the most common cause of readmission after surgery. The researchers analyzed data from the American College…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 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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OR Manager of the Year a rock star leader

Advocating for patients and staff alike, winning the respect of physicians, and driving growth are among the achievements that have made Kathryn Adamson, MBA, RN, the 2015 OR Manager of the Year. Adamson is administrative director of perioperative and trauma services at the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) in…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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OR team uses evidence-based practices to reduce readmissions

Concerted efforts to reduce readmissions have paid off at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. Among its bragging rights since launching an initiative last year: decreased length of stay for colorectal surgery patients and a downward trend in readmissions. To learn how they did it, OR Manager spoke with…

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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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Deadline looms for CMS orthopedic bundled care program

Only a few months remain before the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) goes into effect on January 1, 2016. This orthopedic bundled program, mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is expected to save $153 million as part of the goal to convert 50% of Medicare…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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ASC survey respondents stepping up to meet challenges

What were you doing in 1991? OR Manager was launching its annual Salary/Career Survey, and in reporting results of this year’s survey, we have included some “fun facts” from the past. One fact is that the average salary for ASC managers has risen from $43,887 in the survey’s first year…

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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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Risk assessment and remedial action required to curb infections

They are so attractive, those surgeons with rakish beards, those nurses with sparkling manicures, those surgical technologists with dangling earrings. Unfortunately, what is acceptable in many other workplaces is an invitation to infection in the surgical arena (and other healthcare settings as well). Jean Day, BSN, CNOR, director of education…

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By: OR Manager
September 22, 2015
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