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May 2022
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Happy National Nurses Month

Editor's Note In 2020, the American Nurses Association expanded National Nurses Week to National Nurses Month to increase opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing. National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The theme this year is “Nurses Make a Difference.” The American…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2022
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African Americans views on COVID-19 testing, contact tracing

Editor's Note This study from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, finds that COVID-19 testing and contact tracing are beneficial among African Americans, but mistrust, COVID-19 stigma, location, and perceived costs are major barriers. Of 62 study participants, the majority (69.4%) were female, had never been tested (62.9%), and had an…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2022
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David Wyatt: Thriving in today's perioperative environment

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to stark focus several ways the nation’s current healthcare system needs to change. But for those already in the profession, these systematic issues have always been present, and a select few have been tirelessly working towards change years before the pandemic. One such individual is…

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By: Cindy Kildgore, MSHA, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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Effective orientation vital for a sustainable workforce: Part 2

Orientation is the backbone of a sustainable workforce. Part 2 of OR Manager’s two-part series focuses on the orientation of experienced and per diem nurses, social onboarding, and how the pandemic has affected orientation, post-orientation efforts, and evaluation.   Experienced nurses Experienced OR nurses are typically placed on the fast…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 22, 2022
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Editorial

All of us at OR Manager are absolutely heartbroken over the passing of Patricia C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRNFA(e), FAAN, FAORN, or as everyone who knew and loved her, our dear Trish. Trish was a force to reckon with, a true leaders’ leader. As a member of OR Manager’s…

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By: OR Manager
April 22, 2022
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Tracking orientation, competencies, and skillsets in the OR—Military style

GENERAL Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense or the US Government. Developing OR nurses for the future is a goal of all OR managers. Orientation programs can vary depending on the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
April 22, 2022
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Innovation Spot: Leveraging technology to address gaps in staffing

Is technology part of the answer for nursing staff woes? As COVID-19 patients continue to fill hospital beds, caregivers are feeling exhausted, burned out, and unappreciated. OR nurses have been especially hit hard, as shifts in surgeries and overflowing patient wards stretch OR nurses beyond their limits and comfort zones.…

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By: Christine Havlin, MBA, BS, RN and Kim Haines, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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Crash cart management best practices for ASCs

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are one of the fastest-growing and highest-margin segments of the healthcare industry. As ASCs continue to expand, facilities need to enhance their workflow processes and procedures to help divert staff more toward actual patient care. Crash cart management is an aspect for ASCs where time and…

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By: Kelli Chambers
April 22, 2022
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Study: Moral distress experienced by nurses on frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, nurse researchers from DePaul University in Chicago document the emotions of 100 nurses throughout the US who cared for patients during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings: Nurses described many forms of frustration while providing patient care, such as frustration with healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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The Joint Commission, AHA launch Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, on April 20, announced the launch of a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program, which recognizes hospitals providing care to the most complex and critically ill patients. To be certified, hospitals must provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on-site coverage for primary percutaneous…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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