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March 2020
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Resiliency reinforced through peer support programs

High rates of burnout among healthcare providers—between 35% and 54% of US nurses and physicians, and between 45% and 60% of medical students and residents—have raised concerns about patient and provider safety. Burnout, a psychological syndrome featuring emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment, is increasingly prevalent…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 21, 2020
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This isn’t the first time OR Manager has addressed burnout and the need for greater resiliency, and it probably won’t be the last, judging by the pervasiveness of this problem. But the good news is, peer support programs—in addition to other resources—show promise for helping people get through tough times…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
February 21, 2020
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Back to basics: How collaboration can improve PACU patient flow

Healthcare technology can be a great thing, but nurses at Abington—Jefferson Health, in Abington, Pennsylvania, have discovered that sometimes stepping back from it is the best way to make progress. Going low-tech was the key that unlocked patient flow gridlock that had plagued the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Before 2017,…

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By: Catherine Spader, RN
February 21, 2020
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Study confirms nurses at higher risk of suicide

Editor's Note In this first national study of US nurse suicide, researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health, Department of Nursing, found that male and female nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Data from the Centers…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 4, 2020
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Find your purpose, not passion

Editor's Note Though many self-help books advise people to find their passion, this is terrible advice, says LaRae Quy in the January 15 issue of SmartBrief/Leadership. Passion is a “hedonistic approach to life,” that is popular right now, she says. People think they need to be passionate about their jobs…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 16, 2020
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First-year analysis of OR Black Box study

Editor's Note In this first-year analysis of a data capture system called the OR Black Box, frequent intraoperative errors, events, variation in surgeons’ technical skills, and a high amount of environmental distractions were identified. In 132 patients having elective laparoscopic general surgery: auditory distractions occurred a median of 138 times…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2020
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Development of surgery-specific second victim peer support program

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, designed, implemented, and assessed the effect of the first surgery-specific peer support program in the US. The program uses five steps: creation of a conceptual framework choice of peer supporters training of peer supporters multifaceted identification of major adverse…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 17, 2019
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Supportive leaders boost staying power of nursing staff--Part 2

Retaining well-performing staff reduces the amount of resources, particularly time and money, that OR leaders need to spend on recruiting and training new employees. Part 1 of this two-part series provided an overview of retention issues and discussed the importance of the leader’s role and a positive work culture (OR…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
November 18, 2019
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Editorial

Producing OR Manager each month and OR a.m. at the start of every day imposes a perpetual sense of time speeding by as we curate a wealth of information to help readers excel in their daily mission. We believe that OR Manager and OR a.m. together direct readers to the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 18, 2019
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General surgery residents who are mistreated at greater risk of burnout

Editor's Note Half of general surgery residents experience workplace mistreatment at least a few times a year, which greatly raises their risk of burnout and suicidal thoughts, finds a national survey that was presented October 28 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco. Survey responses…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2019
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