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Most OR nurse leaders find jobs rewarding despite COVID-19

Results from the 2020 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey show that despite the turbulent times, most OR leaders view their work favorably; 77% are satisfied with their jobs, with nearly a third describing themselves as “completely satisfied.” This might seem surprising in light of COVID-19, but many nurse leaders are…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2020
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Incentive payments push staff to reach productivity goals

Any process improvement project is far more likely to succeed with backing from leadership. The familiar phrase, “the buck stops here,” reflects a mindset that applies to OR managers who take ownership of what happens to their patients and their staffs every day. But what if they could say, “the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 21, 2020
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Survey: COVID-19 is a worry, but compensation remains stable

The COVID-19 pandemic is top of mind for ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, finds the OR Manager 2020 Salary/Career Survey. Most of the 69 ASC leaders who completed the survey responded to an open-ended question about how the pandemic had affected their facility and staff, with the most frequent comments…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2020
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CMS halts COVID-19 testing in non-CLIA-certified labs

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 9 announced that it is taking action to stop labs that are testing for COVID-19 without proper Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments (CLIA) certification. The agency has issued 171 cease-and-desist letters to US facilities that were testing for COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2020
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Administering CPR to PPE-protected healthcare workers during COVID-19

Editor's Note In this Letter to the Editor, physicians from the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, address the problem of treating a healthcare worker (HCW) who passes out in the OR during a surgical procedure on a COVID-19 patient. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2020
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CMS issues emergency regs on daily COVID-19 reporting for hospitals, critical access hospitals

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 25 issued emergency regulations requiring all hospitals and critical access hospitals to report daily COVID-19 data. The data includes: number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 positive patients being treated ICU beds occupied availability of ventilators, PPE, and other…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2020
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Pandemic raises OR nurse recruitment, management challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on OR managers’ lives, according to the 2020 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Many new developments related to the pandemic have occurred and continue to evolve since the spring and early summer, when the survey was deployed. However, the concerns stated by many…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2020
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OR Manager of the Year paves the way for future nurse leaders

Receiving the OR Manager of the Year award is considered a high honor, and this year’s winner says it is even more meaningful because of the global pandemic. “I’m extremely humbled to receive this award this year,” Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, told OR Manager. “Nurses are working so…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 21, 2020
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Hats off to Jane Kuhn, OR Manager's nurse educator

For the first time in more than 30 years, the annual OR Manager Conference is hosting a virtual conference instead of a live event. Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, we’re providing the same high-quality education our nurse leaders have come to expect—thanks largely to the efforts of…

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By: OR Manager
August 21, 2020
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What does it take to become an ERAS hospital?

Leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System in Richmond started the journey to become an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) hospital in 2016 with the following problem statement: Across surgical specialties, and regardless of superior surgical technique, perioperative care, and anesthesia care, patients can experience extended length of hospital…

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By: Paula Spencer, MSHA, PMP, CPHIMS
August 21, 2020
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