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Cultural, generational factors influencing RN retention

Editor's Note Generational and cultural differences may affect an RN’s job satisfaction and intent to stay, and nurse leaders must reassess staff satisfaction beyond mandatory annual staff engagement surveys, this study finds. An online survey of 309 RNs at a tertiary care hospital in south Texas found that: Millennials anticipate…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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ECRI Institute announces Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award winners

Editor's Note The ECRI Institute on April 1 announced the 11 US healthcare organizations that received its 2019 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. The winners demonstrated excellence in overall spend management in their supply chain processes, and include: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA Cooperative Services…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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Hospital safety culture linked to surgical patient outcomes

Editor's Note A hospital’s safety culture may influence certain surgical patient outcomes, finds this study. A Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), sent to administrators, quality improvement teams, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgeons in 49 hospitals participating in the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative, found that OR safety culture had the highest scores…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 3, 2019
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Pregnant women working night shifts have higher risk for miscarriage

Editor's Note Pregnant women who work two night shifts per week have a heightened risk for miscarriage after pregnancy week 8, this Danish study finds. Of 22,744 pregnant women analyzed, 2 or more night shifts the previous week increased the risk of miscarriage after pregnancy week 8 (hazard ratio, 1.32).…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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Association between nurse work environments and outcomes

Editor's Note Better work environments are associated with lower odds of negative outcomes ranging from job dissatisfaction to patient mortality, finds this meta-analysis from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. This analysis of data from 2,677 hospitals, 141 nursing units, 165,024 nurses, and 1,368,420 patients in 22 countries found…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 27, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Dare to Dream: The Guide to Extraordinary Leadership

After this session you’ll be able to: Create balanced strategies and keep these at the heart of your organization’s work on a daily basis., Elevate your results with goal setting that aligns with your organization’s strategies. , Identify and overcome common change barriers., Why this is important: We aspired to…

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Effect of PPE doffing errors on healthcare worker self-contamination

Editor's Note The risk of hand contamination was higher when healthcare workers (HCWs) removed their gloves before their gowns during personal protective equipment (PPE) doffing, and HCWs who made multiple PPE doffing errors were more likely to have contaminated clothes after patient interactions, this study finds. In this analysis of…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 20, 2019
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ORBMC gets business leaders off to a strong start in 2019

San Diego in January is a place where many people would rather be, and the 475 healthcare business and industry leaders who gathered there for the 2019 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC) enjoyed the mild climate along with high-quality presentations and fun networking events. Conference attendance rises each year, yet…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 15, 2019
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Savvy leaders know how to 'read' themselves and their staffs

Managing the OR is similar to playing a game of poker. To win, a player must be able to read the others around the table, and to succeed, managers must be able to read their staff members and colleagues. Most importantly, they all must know the rules and when it’s…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 15, 2019
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Editorial

Attendees at the annual OR Manager Conference have enjoyed the opportunity to ask experienced OR leaders questions about difficult managerial and clinical issues. The popularity of these “Ask Me Anything” sessions reflects the hunger for knowledge about how things are handled in ORs around the country, and they will be…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
March 15, 2019
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'Coming clean' in the SPD requires collaboration and competency--Part 1

Contaminated surgical instruments made ECRI Institute’s 2019 annual top 10 list of health technology hazards, coming in at number five: “Mishandling flexible endoscopes after disinfection can lead to patient infections.” Number two on the list in 2018 was “Endoscope reprocessing failures continue to expose patients to infection risk.” It’s not…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 15, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Personality Plus: Styling Your Leadership for Today’s OR

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify your own personality type and its effect on your leadership style., Explain how personality type and emotional intelligence affect employee interactions and relationships., Define opportunities through self-awareness to face the challenges of leadership.,   Why this is important: Effective leadership requires a…

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