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September 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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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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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

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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Is disruptive behavior inherent to the surgeon or environment?

Editor's Note Unclear policies and urgent competing responsibilities in the OR create stress, suggesting that the environment is the primary contributor to disruptive behavior by the surgeon, this study finds. Of 314 reports of disruptive behavior from surgical, medical, and other specialties, which included both the reporter account and involved…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2019
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Family healthcare costs outpacing wages, inflation

Editor's Note Enrollees in large employer insurance plans are facing higher healthcare spending through rising premium contributions and increased cost-sharing, according to an August 14 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Healthcare costs outpaced wage growth from 2008 to 2018, with employees spending $4,706 for premiums and $3,020 on out-of-pocket…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 20, 2019
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Experts give hospital rating systems low grades

Editor's Note In this study, experts graded the four major publicly reported hospital quality rating systems on their strengths and weaknesses−most received a C and the highest was a B. The grades were: US News & World Report−B Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings−C Leapfrog−C- Healthgrades−D+. The researchers found that…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Statewide initiative reduces postop opioid prescribing without increase in patient pain

Editor's Note Implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines in the state of Michigan reduced opioid prescription size without negatively affecting patient satisfaction or pain, this study finds. In 1 year, teams at 43 hospitals across the state reduced by nearly one-third the number of opioid pills they prescribed to patients (having…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2019
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Joint Commission refines requirements for practitioner credentialing, privileging, and evaluation

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on August 14 that accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals will be able to supplement local data with data acquired from Medicare-certified hospitals and critical access hospitals for the purposes of practitioner credentialing, privileging, and evaluation (focused and ongoing). The supplemental data may not…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 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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