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Survey: Surgical volume returns for many ORs, but staff shortages remain

Data and surveys

The good news from the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey is that in the wake of lessening disruption from COVID-19 throughout the country, surgical procedure volume has returned to many ORs, with nearly half of respondents (48%) reporting increased volume over the past year, double last year’s findings (26%). The…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Katie Boston-Leary: Creating your own brand of leadership

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A prominent leader in the OR, Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CCTP, became a nurse in an unexpected way. With no intention of pursing nursing, she saw an opportunity and ran with it. Today, Boston-Leary is an instrumental voice advocating for the well-being and safety of nurses in…

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By: Cindy Kildgore, MSHA, BSN, RN, CNOR
August 19, 2022
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Editorial

The 2022–2023 fiscal budget for most health facilities has now been approved. Leaders across the board are facing unprecedented challenges with retaining their staff. And those leaders who choose to invest on their teams’ professional development are seeing the best results. Most, if not all, facilities have a bucket set…

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By: Jane E. Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR(E), NEA-BC
August 19, 2022
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Closing keynote highlights value of culture on staff retention

Jeffrey Whitehorn, LFACHE, ACC, executive coach and former hospital CEO, draws from his 29 years working in the healthcare industry, 25 of which he led conglomerate HCA Healthcare as hospital CEO, to help leaders unlock their leadership potential. Whitehorn is a certified coach by the global accrediting body, International Coaching…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
August 19, 2022
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Unprofessional behavior improved with just a cup of coffee

What if unprofessional behavior in the OR could be managed through something as simple as an informal chat over a cup of coffee? This peer-to-peer approach advocated by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine led to the development of two well-established, scientifically validated programs designed to offset unprofessional behavior: the Patient…

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By: Brita Belli
August 19, 2022
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Is there a nursing shortage, or a shortage of solutions?

Is there really a nursing shortage? “Is this a question or a statement?” asks Ruth P. Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR, executive director perioperative services, Regional One Health, Germantown, Tennessee. “It’s a little bit of both,” she answers. “Some of it has been self-made, and some of it is because we…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Easing the pain of electronic health records: Part 1

Electronic health records (EHRs) have been decried as a drag on an organization’s efficiency and a source of frustration for clinicians and managers. Complaints related to documentation time, compatibility with other systems, and report generation are common. These shortcomings were reflected in the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Survey: ASC leaders see staffing challenges with rising volume

Data and surveys

As organizations adapt to COVID-19 and the number of severe cases eases in many areas of the country, leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing a significant uptick in volume of surgical procedures, according to the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than half (56%) reported increased volume in…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Bundled payments: A win-win-win approach for ASCs

Healthcare costs in the US have increased exponentially in recent years. Surgical procedures are especially costly. Cost control without sacrificing high quality care is the ultimate goal for many surgical practices and payers. Alternative practices and payment models have been explored to meet this goal. Episode-based payments, more commonly known…

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By: Uyen Vo, BSN, MBA
August 19, 2022
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Register today for this free webinar to learn how new AI enabled technology combined with analytics can help uncover your root issues. Upon completion, you will earn 1 CE credit.

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Ever walk into your OR and everything is suddenly perfect? Please join this session to learn how new AI enabled technology combined with analytics and surgical video can help you uncover root causes that create dysfunction and inefficiencies in your Operating Rooms. Let’s open up that black box (without the Hawthorne effect) to improve surgeon and staff satisfaction, as well as improve clinical outcomes such as SSI rates.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how analytical and video-based data can be used to improve performance and enhance teamwork.
  • Describe how benchmarking can facilitate engagement for performance improvement.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of technical skill and non-technical skill evaluation tools and their use.

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Gail Pietrzyk, DNP, RN, CNOR
Chief Nursing Officer
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Joan White, APRN
Director, Clinical Consulting
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Jason Till
Senior Product Manager
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Thursday, October 27 | 1:00 PM ET
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[Free Webinar] Putting the Puzzle Together: Optimize OR Capacity & Align Resources
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Register today for this free webinar to learn how to optimize your OR capacity! Upon completion, you will earn 1 CE credit.

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When your ORs are not efficiently utilized, revenue is lost, patient and staff satisfaction declines, and resources are misallocated. However, optimizing capacity is a complex challenge:

  • Block schedules intended to help with efficiency can unintentionally hinder OR scheduling, resulting in underutilization.
  • You don’t have the information available to plan for cases and address barriers ahead of time.
  • Cases that run longer than booked create delays. Those that run shorter result in missed opportunities for cases and revenue.
  • Your perioperative staff schedule does not align with the upcoming case mix, leading to chaotic scrambles as you seek out the OR workforce you need to meet the planned day’s requirements.

In this session, learn how to take a holistic approach to managing the perioperative suite that will maximize efficiency, even with limited OR resources. Discover ways data and automated workflows can streamline operations and standardize case planning to create, find, and fill more OR time and maximize your surgical case volume based on available resources.

Learning objectives  

  • Develop a holistic approach to managing perioperative operations that creates transparency and enhances your workflows for creating, finding and filling more OR time
  • Identify staffing gaps and consider solutions that align the OR schedule with your workforce to optimally allocate your staff
  • Learn how to proactively address barriers to running cases and build predictive operational case planning into workflows at your organization

Presenters

Shawn Sefton
CNO & VP, Clinical Solutions
Hospital IQ
Deb Tse
Senior Solution Design Consultant
Hospital IQ 

 

Putting the Puzzle Together. A Holistic Approach to Perioperative Operations that Optimizes OR Capacity and Aligns Resources
September 28, 2022  |  1:00PM EDT |  1 CE credit
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A Roundtable Discussion with Perioperative Executives from Five Leading US Health Systems

Tuesday, November 9 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
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Decades before COVID-19, hospitals were struggling with how to effectively meet and manage standards of patient care. While the current pandemic has clearly introduced new burdens on nurses and nurse management, in many ways, the pandemic has severely amplified old issues and combined them with a new generation of challenges. Historically, nursing has been incredibly resilient; so much so that hospital leadership has unfairly relied upon nurses to weather any storm. Are we finally at the breaking point? If so, what can be done to move us in the right direction?

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