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Despite concerns, patients see opioids as superior, expect them for postop pain

Editor's Note Despite concerns about addiction and side effects of opioids, patients still expect them to be prescribed and believe them to be the most effective for postoperative pain relief, finds this study presented October 13 at the Anesthesiology 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco. Researchers gave a 13-question survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 15, 2018
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Countering unprofessional workplace behavior

Editor's Note Organizational support initiatives and authentic leadership training for nurse leaders reduced bullying among licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in this study. A survey was sent to a random sample of 855 LPNs that was drawn from a total of 4,306 in a Midwestern state; 168 usable questionnaires were returned…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2018
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Association of childhood adversity with burnout, depression in nursing students

Editor's Note This study from the University of Texas El Paso School of Nursing finds that students who were exposed to a higher number of adverse childhood experiences (eg, abuse, neglect, family dysfunction) had higher levels of burnout and depression. A survey of 211 students enrolled in the first semester…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2018
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UMB to create Maryland Nursing Workforce Center

Editor's Note Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN, associate professor and chair of the University of Maryland School of Nursing at the Universities at Shady Grove, has been awarded a grant to establish the Maryland Nursing Workforce Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), according to an October 8 news release.…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2018
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Nurse-to-patient ratios could result in high costs

Editor's Note Massachusetts voters in November will determine whether mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios will go into effect January 1, 2019, the October 3 SFGate reports. Implementing the ratios could cost providers $676 million to $949 million per year, according to an analysis by an independent state agency. A union representing…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
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Being in Two Places at Once: How to Manage One Surgeon in Two Operating Rooms

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Hospital employment continues to increase in September

Editor's Note US hospitals added 12,000 jobs in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,202,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 5. That is up 102,700 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 301,500 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.7% (down…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2018
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Association of clinical specialty with resident burnout, career choice regret

Editor's Note Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were prevalent in resident physicians but varied substantially by specialty, this study fines. In this prospective analysis of 3,588 second-year residents, symptoms of burnout occurred in 45.2% and career choice regret occurred in 14.1%. There were wide differences of prevalence by specialty,…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 24, 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
September 20, 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
September 20, 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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Invest in Your Team: Methods for Staff Skillset Tracking and Development

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