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ASC workforce stable amid rise in cases

Surgical volume in the past year increased for 40% of respondents to the 2018 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, down slightly from the 48% reported in 2017. This result is intriguing in light of the proliferation of procedures now being performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Does this suggest some…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Environmental considerations for reusable vs disposable isolation gowns

Editor's Note Selecting reusable isolation gowns may result in significant environmental benefits compared with disposable gowns, this study finds. This analysis of 1,000 isolation gowns in a healthcare setting (24 reusable gowns from 8 suppliers, 16 disposable gowns from 5 suppliers) found that the reusable gowns resulted in a: 28%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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More older Americans are continuing to work

Editor's Note Not all older workers are counting the days until retirement, though they may cut back on hours, reports the August 1 MarketWatch. Reasons for continuing to work vary, but they are not always financial. Many seek to maintain a sense of purpose and productivity, the report says. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 8, 2018
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Traits millennials want in a leader

Editor's Note A survey of 350 millennials finds that traits employees want in a leader has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, the August 2 Great Leadership reports. Among the traits millennials are looking for in a leader are those who: communicate openly and frequently inspire people to be…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 6, 2018
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Full-scale mockup clears path to efficient new ORs

Anyone who has been involved in an OR design and construction project knows it is a labor-intensive, time-consuming effort—and usually far from seamless. There’s almost always something no one thinks of until it is too late, and the staff must learn to live with the flaws. But a multidisciplinary team…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 23, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

New Manager Boot Camp: Managing Money and Projects

After this session you'll be able to: Identify tools for development of capital, operating and staff budgets. Explain the requirements for management of contracts and contract services. Develop plans for management of projects. Why this is important: Both financial and project management are core competencies for OR leaders - ones…

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Elevate your emotional intelligence at OR Manager Conference

The old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine,” is worth adopting as a daily mantra to offset the pressures of the OR environment. Each year, the OR Manager Conference ends on an upbeat note with an inspirational and often humorous closing session. This year’s presentation, on Wednesday, September 19, is…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 23, 2018
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Recruiting the next generation of nursing leaders

Editor's Note When recruiting Generations X and Y candidates for nursing administration roles, interventions supporting work-life harmony should be emphasized, this study finds. Respondents to a survey, which examined the impact of a set of interventions on recruiting nurses into administrative roles, indicated that 45% of the interventions had a…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2018
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Three key competencies forecast success for OR leaders

Employee engagement is a buzzword that often crops up in articles, webinars, and conferences. OR leaders may be tired of seeing it, but engagement is crucial for success in an environment of fast-paced change, leadership turnover, and increasing demands for better performance. In healthcare, research has linked engagement with greater…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 20, 2018
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Education and coaching ease transition for new nurse managers

Developing effective leaders for the perioperative setting is typically one of the most challenging parts of a current leader’s role. It’s tempting to quickly plug leadership holes with whoever is at hand—even if the person’s leadership aptitude or abilities are lacking. But that approach usually leads to high turnover and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 20, 2018
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Muster the Millennial will and skill to lead successfully

The loss of experienced nurse leaders to Baby Boomer retirement has been a concern for the past several years. A total of 17% of respondents to the 2017 OR Manager Salary/Career survey said they plan to retire sometime in 2018 to 2020, so grooming their successors should already be well…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 20, 2018
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Professionalism in the OR: What Does It Look Like?

After this session you'll be able to: Discuss the core components of professionalism in the perioperative suite. Identify areas of your unit where professionalism can be improved and promoted. Develop leadership strategies for promotion of professionalism within the OR. Why this is important: Do you ever feel that professionalism is…

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