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Building a diverse workforce: Part 2

A diverse workforce benefits the organization and the community, but it can be challenging to achieve. OR Manager recently spoke with experts from leadership, human resources, and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) to gain insights into how nurse leaders can build a diverse workforce. Part 1 (OR Manager, November/December 2021,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
December 16, 2021
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Mastering surveys by The Joint Commission, CMS during COVID-19 pandemic

The 2021 OR Manager Conference in Chicago saw John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE, executive vice president and principal of Patton Healthcare Consulting, Naperville, Illinois, give his annual update on mastering Joint Commission standards and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulations. The past 2 years of COVID-19 restrictions have delayed…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 16, 2021
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Editorial

Last year saw healthcare professionals grapple with unimaginable challenges. For perioperative nurses in particular, a pressing issue was and continues to be staffing. This is a topic that is brought up time and again—in conversations, meetings, events, and everything in between. Questions that most OR managers are still considering include:…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 16, 2021
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Takeaways and lessons learned from OR Manager Conference

After more than a year in hiatus, OR Manager Conference was held in October 2021 in Chicago, bringing together hundreds of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. After the live conference, OR Manager sat down with Cindy Kildgore, education coordinator for the OR Manager Conference; Amy Bethel, education coordinator for the OR…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 16, 2021
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Four problems and solutions with physician preference cards

As representatives of a global healthcare solutions company, we talk and listen to clinicians at hospitals around the country. One of the issues that continually surfaces is that physician preference cards (PPCs) are a challenge at their hospitals. We hear many frustrations related to supply chain documentation. In the end, it all comes…

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By: Vicky Lyle
December 16, 2021
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Mental health in the pandemic: New competencies required

In its almost 2-year reign, the pandemic has exacerbated mental health and well-being issues for nurses—perioperative nurses included—-and illuminated the need for OR managers to be visible, observant, and encouraging of mental health care. “No one is built for this type of persistent, prolonged uncertainty. It’s not how we’re hard-wired,”…

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By: Christine Kilgore
December 16, 2021
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Navigating the CFPN credential: A collection of perspectives

The nursing workforce is facing one of its biggest challenges yet with gaps in staffing and unsuccessful retention efforts. For perioperative nursing, the challenge is augemented by several factors, from lack of exposure to the OR field to pandemic burnout deterring nurses from the demanding nature of the surgical suite.…

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By: Lisa Rosenfield, MA
December 16, 2021
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Are spinal procedures the wave of the future for ASCs?

Looking toward 2022, spine procedures are expected to drive growth and optimize performance in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Michael Ast, MD, chief medical innovation officer for HSS, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, can attest to this personally. A year ago, his father could not even walk up a…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
December 16, 2021
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