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August 2018
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Getting a surgical nurse internship off the ground

The average age of OR nurses is over 50 years, and for the past several years, healthcare organizations have been trying to groom the next group of nurse leaders. Many have had success with perioperative nurse internships. As part of succession planning at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio, we…

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By: Judy Melnyk, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSPDT
June 20, 2018
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Leadership program produces competent, confident nurse managers

New leaders are at a premium in the perioperative setting, a fact that has been pushing organizations to explore innovative options to fill leadership gaps. Ideally, healthcare organizations should have a comprehensive program that integrates didactic instruction with mentorship to successfully build new nurse leaders. One example is the structured…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2018
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Overcoming team-leadership burnout

Editor's Note It is time for a break if just the thought of another team presentation is overwhelming, according to a report by Mark Ellis in the June 6 leadchange. To grow as a leader and get out of this team-leadership rut, Ellis recommends that leaders: Take time off to…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 11, 2018
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Spend time with staff to influence performance

Editor's Note Getting to know staff members and supporting that interaction with data helps leaders grow teams, S. Chris Edmonds says in the May 24 Great Leadership. To influence others in the workplace, Edmonds says: Connect with people at all levels and learn their names, their passions, what hinders their…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2018
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Informal, specific praise motivates employees

Editor's Note Encouraging words are more appreciated when they are informal and specific in their praise, reports the May 15 Fast Company online. A few ways for managers to put this into practice include: Showing appreciation for an idea not just in meetings but during impromptu interactions, like corridor conversations.…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 16, 2018
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The New Reality We Face: Addressing Social Determinants in the Surgical Suite

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‘Reality-based rules’ diffuse drama in the OR

All of the keynote presentations at the 2017 OR Manager Conference offered much food for thought, but probably the most memorable one was Cy Wakeman’s riveting talk on the impact of “drama” in the workplace. That resonated with OR leaders who struggle against the tide of negative attitudes among their…

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By: OR Manager
April 18, 2018
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Float pool supplements OR staff schedule, satisfaction

A perioperative staffing schedule that meets coverage needs during high- and low-volume times and satisfies the demand for better work-life balance can be difficult to achieve. To help meet these challenges in its 50-room OR, the perioperative services department at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, designed a perioperative float…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 16, 2018
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Pledge makes positive culture a priority in the OR--Part 2

One of the most misunderstood and misused management buzzwords is “empowerment.” It is a noble thought that a manager can empower an employee, but only you can empower yourself, and once you have done that, no one can take that power away from you. Trying to empower someone who looks…

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By: OR Manager
March 16, 2018
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Bullying: From conflict to confrontation to civility in the OR--Part 3

When Carol Schneider, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPAN, became manager of a postanesthesia care unit (PACU) at Boston Medical Center in Massachusetts, she found a plethora of problems, including poor communication skills, low employee engagement scores, and bullying from surgeons and staff. “It was a very bad climate that was putting…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 22, 2018
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Editorial

Creating a more harmonious work environment is a struggle for some OR leaders. Tips on how to achieve this were offered during the 2017 OR Manager Conference and the 2018 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), and we share some of these in the March issue. A dysfunctional atmosphere in the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 22, 2018
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Hybrid Operating Rooms: Experience Is the Ultimate Teacher

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