October 1, 2007

As the OR director’s job expands, can one person still manage it all?

By: Pat Patterson

Responsibilities include supervision, organization, hiring, counseling, and evaluation of subordinates; 24/7 responsibility for OR, PACU, ambulatory care unit, endoscopy, and central sterilization. Additional responsibilities include coordinating and teaching in-service programs; overseeing medical equipment maintenance and repair; and close contact with the VP/chief nurse executive. Other responsibilities include patient care delivery; budgeting; quality improvement; crisis intervention; maintaining a competent, effective staff; development and monitoring of unit-specific standards; coordination and collaboration with other departments; appropriate staffing; and participation in various hospital committees.

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