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November 2018

2018 OR Manager Conference hit all the right notes in Nashville

Music City welcomed 1,400 perioperative nurse leaders who attended the annual OR Manager Conference in September. A wealth of educational opportunities and a cultural extravaganza—including regional cuisine and the OR Manager’s Night Out at Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame—made the 31st conference a particularly memorable one.   Volume and value…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 18, 2018
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Intraoperative positioning education fills knowledge void in care unit nurses

Can experience in the OR improve patient care in the postsurgical inpatient setting? Beginning last year, the OR at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, started its first Periop 101 program and trained six nurses from postsurgical care units to be perioperative nurses. During the program, the former care unit nurses found…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 18, 2018
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Can Your Staff Pass the TJC Evaluation? Read Our Tips For Designing a Program.

The mission of The Joint Commission (TJC) is “to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” It’s a lofty goal, and one that has helped thousands of healthcare

Shift Value-Based Care Focus from Volume to Quality. Read More.

Changes in reimbursement models are driving changes in operations, including data collection and reporting. Providers are being encouraged and incentivized to implement value-based care (VBC) that emphasizes cost savings and quality outcomes instead of the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that pays according to the number of procedures performed. The idea is that when hospitals

Six Guidelines to Engage Surgeons in Your OR

Sometimes a few fundamental changes can breathe new life into an existing process and, as a result, enhance the performance of your surgeons and staff. Even if your routine is working relatively well, service line changes in your operating room can achieve improved results, such as higher levels of surgeon satisfaction and patient care quality,

Editorial

Attendees of the 2018 OR Manager Conference likely went home feeling inspired and recharged, but it can be hard to hold onto that enthusiasm over time. Our conference highlights article (cover) may jog their memories and, we hope, will reinvigorate their passion to excel as leaders. Every OR Manager Conference…

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By: OR Manager
October 18, 2018
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‘Managing up’ strengthens the bond with your boss

What kind of relationship do you have with your boss? Many managers feel they don’t have enough support from their supervisors, and still others believe the relationship could be better. In the 2018 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, for example, about a third of respondents had a neutral or unfavorable view…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 18, 2018
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Cross-generational communication: A two-way street

Today’s perioperative services staff consist of multiple generations with different backgrounds and communication styles. Nurse leaders must consider such differences, not only for recruitment and retention purposes but also for developing bonds with bosses who are not from their own generation—because they will have their own unique leadership styles. “Each…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 18, 2018
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Value stream redesign: The cornerstone of excellent patient care

Many healthcare organizations have adopted Lean processes to save money, improve workflow, and reduce waste. But it’s not just process change that drives success. It’s the individuals—especially those on the front lines—who work together to identify problems and solutions. It’s also ongoing efforts to sustain changes once they have been…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 18, 2018
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Early action advised to achieve better OAS CAHPS responses

Mandatory implementation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Survey (OAS CAHPS) originally scheduled for 2018 has been delayed, but that does not mean it should be ignored, say ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders. The earliest projected date when the survey could become mandatory…

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By: Janet M. Boivin, BSN, BSJ, RN
October 18, 2018
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OR leader job satisfaction high despite volatile industry

A steady stream of changes and upheaval, ranging from increased use of bundled payments for reimbursement to the pressure of filling open positions with qualified staff, are affecting OR managers’ ability to be successful. Despite the challenges, more than two-thirds (67%) are satisfied with their jobs or positions, according to…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 20, 2018
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