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Brigid Gillespie: Advancing OR nursing with evidence-based practice

She is the person who says, “Show me the evidence,” says Brigid Gillespie, PhD, BHlth Sc (Hons), RN, a conjoint professor of Patient Safety in Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery in Queensland, Australia. Gillespie spoke to OR Manager about the role…

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By: Amy Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC
June 28, 2022
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The Munro Scale: Journey from conception to validity and reliability

After a journey of more than 20 years, validity and reliability studies for the Munro Pressure Injury Risk Assessment Scale for Perioperative Patients (Munro Scale) show that the Munro Scale works. The Munro Scale, created by Cassendra A. Munro, PhD, MSN, RN, RNFA, CNOR, is the first standard tool that…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
June 28, 2022
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Editorial

Inflation in the US has recently hit a 40-year high of 8.6%, and according to Becker’s ASC Review, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are hurting from “soaring inflation costs.” Labor, supply, and equipment costs are going up, but reimbursement rates remain low. “From equipment to supplies to staffing, expenses continue to…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Sessions on recruitment, retention at OR Manager Conference

Nationally known for her work in helping current and future nurse leaders to develop their leadership and coaching skills, Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, will return to the OR Manager Conference in Denver, Colorado, in October 2022. Over the past 2 years, Sherman has done 85 virtual workshops…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Engaging student nurses to prime the OR nurse pump: Part 2

Generating student interest in the OR can help OR leaders fill staffing gaps. For example, Debra Sparks, MSM, BSN, RN, CNOR, director of regional perioperative services for The Metro Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, has hired nurses who spent time in the organization as part of their university-based OR coursework…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 28, 2022
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Succession planning post-COVID: Identifying the right people

When Donna Doyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, perioperative consultant with DJD Consulting Services in Columbus, Ohio, thinks of succession planning, the British royal family comes to mind. “That is the epitome of succession planning,” she says. “You know exactly who’s in what position, who is next up, and who is…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
June 28, 2022
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Contrast media shortage reveals cracks in supply chain

May 2022 saw a critical shortage of the iodinated contrast medium (ICM) iohexol that extended well into June because of a COVID-19-related shutdown of a GE Healthcare plant in Shanghai, China, that interrupted the manufacture of ICM. According to the American College of Radiology, contrast media were added to the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Hospitals can still be better prepared for natural disasters

When a natural disaster strikes—whether flood, tornado, hurricane, or wildfire—nearly every aspect of a healthcare system’s operations are impacted. There is an influx of patients in crisis and a spike in calls for emergency services. There are logistical problems—impassable roads, power outages, and communication and internet breakdowns. Supply chain disruptions…

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By: Brita Belli
June 28, 2022
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Business conference placed staffing challenges in sharp focus

May 2022 brought business leaders and operations managers back together in person for the OR Business Management Conference. This year marked its 10th anniversary, and the intimate event highlighted several facets of the behemoth issue that is staffing. Several sessions touched on the topic, including: • “Organize the chaos and…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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