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New education programs help nurses obtain and maintain skills

Hospitals in Texas and Wisconsin have partnered with academia and AORN to add the PeriOp 101 curriculum to BSN programs—an approach that shows promise for developing OR nurses of the future. Launched in 2012, both programs have helped prepare new nurses for the rigors of the OR and they’ve also…

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By: OR Manager
July 15, 2014
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Onus on OR managers to scope out competency of endoscopy staff

Recent highly publicized outbreaks of infections linked to improper reprocessing of flexible endoscopes have raised concerns about infection prevention in gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures. Because of the headlines, legislatures are hearing from their constituents that they are fearful of being exposed to infections, and legislatures are getting involved. The Society of…

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July 15, 2014
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August Editorial

Attending several professional meetings each year is a rewarding part of my job and a critical component of my ongoing education. As a non-clinician, I learn a lot from listening to healthcare professionals, and capturing some of what’s presented at these meetings is an attempt to keep readers abreast of…

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July 15, 2014
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Take a breath with Conference speaker Juliet Funt

Keeping the OR trains running on time, keeping a lid on costs, and keeping team members’ behavior in check are a few of the hurdles in the path of every perioperative nurse leader each day. Another stressor that is probably not even on the radar but should be is lack…

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July 15, 2014
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Academic-clinical partnership adds perioperative component to BSN curriculum

Including AORN’s PeriOp 101 curriculum in a bachelor of science (BSN) curriculum has allowed the University of St Thomas in Houston to break new ground in nurse education. Launched in May 2012, the program—a partnership between AORN, the University of St Thomas School of Nursing (UST), and Harris Health System—exposes…

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July 15, 2014
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New perioperative immersion clinical steadily spreading its wings

A perioperative immersion clinical for nurses pursuing a bachelor of science degree has gotten off to a good start in Wisconsin. Launched in 2012, the program matches students with preceptors during the final semester of their senior year. Students complete 252 clinical hours and the entire AORN Peri-Op 101 curriculum,…

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July 15, 2014
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Orientation redesign improves employee satisfaction, retention

What do you do when your orientation program isn’t effective in educating and retaining OR staff? Carol Pehotsky, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CPAN, director of peri-operative education at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, found herself in that position 3 years ago. “We blew it all up and started over,” she…

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July 15, 2014
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‘Education Day for Surgical Services’ hones skills, builds team spirit

For the past 3 years, Tanner Health System has conducted “Education Day,” a mandatory perioperative skills course that supplements online courses, in-services, and other types of education. Staff attend the half-day course on a Saturday in early January to learn about complicated high-risk, low-volume, problem-prone procedures as well as new…

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July 15, 2014
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Having more reliable performance data will boost your credibility

Most OR leaders use performance reports to inform and guide critical decisions. The problem is that in most hospitals, the data used to create these reports are not reliable. Why? Even the smallest surgery department is too complex for the most sophisticated OR data solution. To yield reliable reports, information…

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July 15, 2014
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Oregon surgery center is pioneer in outpatient hysterectomy

Surgeons perform about 600,000 hysterectomies per year in the US, but less than 1% of these take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Richard Rosenfield, MD, is trying to change that. Before he founded Pearl Surgi-Center in Portland, Oregon, Dr Rosenfield performed outpatient hysterectomies at several local hospitals as an…

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July 15, 2014
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