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September 2019
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Staffing and surgical volume vie for 'top challenge' facing OR leaders

Staffing headaches for OR managers continue, according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with more than a third of respondents reporting that the percentage of open positions compared with 12 months ago has increased for both RNs and surgical technologists (STs). The clock has to be turned back…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Inspections reveal need to overhaul bronchoscope reprocessing methods

Extensive research by Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and her colleagues at Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) has raised concerns about insufficient reprocessing of gastrointestinal endoscopes and ureteroscopes—even when recommended practices are followed—and their new study makes a compelling case for more stringent reprocessing of bronchoscopes as well. In their…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 23, 2019
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Editorial

Millennials will soon comprise 50% of the nursing workforce. They are sometimes criticized for lacking commitment because they change jobs more often than their older counterparts. Yet research finds patients are safer when nurses are satisfied with their work environments, so it would seem that newer nurses and nurse managers…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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OR Manager of the Year inspires staff to share passion for excellence

The ability to build relationships and trust is one of the key attributes of an outstanding leader. Vangie Dennis, MSN, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, winner of the 2019 OR Manager of the Year award, has made this the cornerstone of her career, inspiring people to follow in her footsteps. As executive…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Soup to nuts recruitment: Finding and onboarding OR nurses--Part 1

Staffing remains an ongoing challenge for OR managers, according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with open positions and turnover creating headaches. Attracting and retaining top talent is a crucial part of any OR leader’s job. This three-part series explores successful recruitment strategies: marketing (Part 1), interviewing and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Beyond the Chart: Understanding and Providing Care for the LGBTQ Population

After this session you’ll be able to: Define LGBTQ language, vocabulary, and concepts within the perioperative setting., Promote a culture of safety and quality for LGBTQ caregivers and patients., Apply empathy and practice intentional inclusion., Why this is important: In an ever-changing healthcare system, caregivers need the tools and resources…

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Team training empowers OR staff to improve patient safety

Poor communication has been the root cause of many sentinel events over the years, and there has been growing recognition of how the work environment and culture influence patient outcomes. In a 2018 Sentinel Event Alert, the Joint Commission stressed the need to develop a “reporting culture”—to make it safe…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Survey finds staffing gap has widened at ASCs since 2018

Staffing remains a significant challenge for many leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly a third (32%) of respondents reported more open RN positions, significantly higher than the 26% in 2018; over the past 5 years, only 2016 had a higher…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Proactive policies help protect staff from bloodborne pathogen exposure

Healthcare workers are at risk for bloodborne pathogen exposures in areas ranging from the clinic to the OR—both inpatient and outpatient settings. Such exposures not only cause anxiety, they cost an estimated $3,000 to $5,000 per exposure for things such as baseline and follow-up laboratory testing, treatment of exposed personnel,…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
August 23, 2019
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Cardiothoracic surgery patients at high risk for postop opioid dependence

Editor's Note This study finds that the amount of opioids prescribed for patients after cardiothoracic surgery has a direct relationship with the risk for opioid dependence and persistent opioid use several months after surgery. Of nearly 25,000 opioid-naïve Medicare patients analyzed, 15.7% of patients who had lung surgery and 12.5%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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Effect of state legislation in Florida on opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery

Editor's Note Opioid prescriptions for patients having common outpatient surgical procedures at a large university hospital in Florida were substantially reduced within 6 months after implementation of state legislation limiting the duration of opioid prescriptions, this study finds. Of 1,467 surgical patients included in the study: The proportion receiving opioid…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Opening Keynote: The Art of Human Care: Change the World One Patient at a Time

After this session you’ll be able to:  Explain the six essential steps for providing timely, comprehensive, patient-centered care., Define actionable goals to become the preferred choice for diverse patient populations. , Identify and appreciate your true purpose as a healer., Why this is important: Have you lost your passion…

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