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Having a protégé makes a better manager

Editor's Note Leaders who sponsor other people in the workplace (ie, have a protégé) experience career benefits in the form of promotions or stretch assignments, the June 17 Harvard Business Review reports. A survey conducted for the book, “The Sponsor Effect: How to Be a Better Leader by Investing in…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 20, 2019
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Coworker reports of unprofessional behavior by surgeons linked to complications in their patients

Editor's Note Patients whose surgeons had more coworker reports about unprofessional behavior in the 36 months before their surgical procedures had a significantly increased risk of complications, this study finds. In this analysis of 13,653 patients having surgical procedures performed by 202 surgeons in two academic medical centers, 1,583 (11.6%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2019
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Joint Commission announces new NAHQ report on quality competencies

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 19 announced that the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) has issued a new report−“Key Workforce Competencies for Quality-Driven Healthcare”− that focuses on creating a new framework for competencies needed by healthcare organizations to meet new goals for quality-driven healthcare. Among the competencies:…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 19, 2019
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Study: Healthcare workers often care for patients while ill themselves

Editor's Note Large numbers of healthcare workers go to work with symptoms of cold, flu, and other acute respiratory illnesses, this study finds. In this survey of healthcare workers from nine Canadian hospitals during four influenza seasons, 94.6% reported working while sick with an acute respiratory illness, most often because…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2019
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Legal and ethical questions temper excitement about AI--Part 1

As part of a special series on artificial intelligence (AI), OR Manager is taking a deep dive into the many facets of this new technology and its impact on patient care. Part 1 and Part 2 of the introduction to AI (May 2019 and June 2019) defined types of AI…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Where We Are Today: Nurses Supporting Nurses

After this session you’ll be able to: Recognize signs of emotional and physical stress in your team., Identify a strategy for eliminating stigma and developing a peer support program in your surgical suite., Explain the positive impact of compassion and empathy following a critical incident.,   Why this is important:…

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Editorial

The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade Report shows some progress in patient safety: an estimated 160,000 avoidable deaths nationwide, down from 205,000 in 2016. But 160,000 is a large number. “There’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” says Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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Emotional intelligence: A 'must' for outstanding leadership

Psychologists and social scientists developed the concept of emotional intelligence decades ago, and research since then has supported it as a key component of leadership success. “Thirty plus years’ worth of research shows that having leadership skills is not enough to be an effective leader,” says Kandi Wiens, EdD, MBA.…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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Interactive surgical playbook expands OR team synergy

OR leaders spend much of their day ensuring the surgery schedule runs smoothly, a task that depends on the teams within each of the ORs. Highly functioning teams produce optimal results, including good patient outcomes, satisfied surgeons, and efficient use of resources. But developing a highly functional team with good…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Gain and sustain staff satisfaction through trust and respect

The trust bestowed upon the nursing profession by the public is a privilege and requires professional accountability for continual practice enhancement. Research finds that efforts to improve the culture of the perioperative work environment consistently lead to better teamwork and communication among staff. These enhancements will positively impact the safety…

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By: Veronica Petersen, MSN, RN, CNOR
June 18, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Keynote: Run Your Emotions, Don’t Let Them Run You: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

After this session you’ll be able to: Explain insights into your emotional intelligence (EI) strengths and development opportunities., Discuss how to leverage your EI to maximize your leadership effectiveness, manage stress, and prevent burnout., Identify strategies to help your staff develop and use their EI.,   Why this is important:…

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