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October 2019
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Hospital employment up in August

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 8,800 jobs in August to a seasonally adjusted 5,253,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 6. That’s up 97,400 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 392,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remains…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2019
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Millennial nurses’ job satisfaction tied to supportive leadership

Editor's Note This study finds that supportive leadership is the primary factor contributing to millennial nurses’ job satisfaction. Using data from 1,006 nurses in the Professional Practice Work Environment Inventory survey, researchers found that demographic factors (ie, age, gender, race, ethnicity, work status, and experience) accounted for just 2.6% of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 5, 2019
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Is it safe to let residents independently perform appendectomies?

Editor's Note Senior surgical residents can safely supervise junior residents performing appendectomies, and training programs should encourage faculty to let senior residents manage operative appendicitis as independently as possible as well as supervise junior residents intraoperatively, this study finds. In this review of 928 appendectomies performed at the University of…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2019
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How mistakes shape physicians’ perceptions of learning

Editor's Note Using a learning culture perspective that acknowledges blame and responsibility can facilitate learning from mistakes, this Canadian study finds. A total of 19 physicians were interviewed on their experiences in learning from medical errors. Memories of mistakes from residence training stood out, and participants expressed feeling both responsible…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2019
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Study: Nurse leader burnout, compassion satisfaction, work-life balance

Editor's Note All levels of nurse leaders are at risk of burnout and must garner compassion satisfaction from different sources, including peer and staff interactions, this study finds. The Professional Quality of Life scale was given to 672 nurse leaders at 29 hospitals in one health system, and 16 leaders…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2019
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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

A Blessing or a Curse? Social Media and Online Collaboration Best Practices and Compliance

After this session you’ll be able to: Identify the social media trends in the healthcare space today., Define best practices to follow to remain compliant with HIPAA and privacy laws., Explain laws and regulations to keep in mind when online., Why this is important: While healthcare providers are often reluctant…

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Surgical smoke exposure in OR personnel

Editor's Note This review article finds that surgical smoke is dangerous, but the severity of the risk has yet to be been determined. Therefore, no safe level is known. Though numerous studies have been performed on the chemical composition of surgical smoke, the components remain unclear. The variability is likely…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 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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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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You may also be interested in these sessions at the OR Manager Conference this September in Nashville, TN

Be a Bridge Builder: Close the Knowledge Gap of Who You Report To

After this session you’ll be able to: Develop a collaborative relationship with your direct report., Explain how transparency is not just lip service., Provide data to equip your director to make sound decisions for your PACU., Why this is important: Do you ever find yourself thinking: “I wish my OR…

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