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February 2021
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Factors influencing patient decisions to participate in telepsychiatric care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study examines factors influencing patients’ decisions to accept or decline telepsychiatry care after stay-at-home orders were initiated in Michigan. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, surveyed 244 patients whose in-person appointments were scheduled within the first 3 weeks of stay-at-home orders. The majority (202, 82.8%)…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2021
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Huddles may be the best way for healthcare workers to communicate during COVID-19

Editor's Note Brief huddles, rather than a barrage of emails and texts about safety and risk may be the fastest and simplest way for healthcare workers to avoid communication overload from COVID-19, this study from Baylor University reports. Interviews of 40 workers in two hospitals found the following: Healthcare workers…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 7, 2020
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Patient-preference playlists improve pre- and postop experiences

Streaming music apps and access to music through smartphones and similar devices make it easy to provide many different genres of music and modalities that can ease surgical patients’ fears. The use of music in both pre- and postoperative settings has been extensively researched, but less is known about how…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 17, 2020
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Conversion of in-person community immersion class to virtual at Penn Nursing

Editor's Note Community immersion classes are central to teaching nursing students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), Philadelphia, about social determinants of health. Opportunities to apply, observe, and clarify health promotion ideas thrive when seen in everyday interactions with individuals outside of an acute care setting.…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 3, 2020
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Consider a PSH as a post-pandemic strategy

Across the US, surgical services are estimated to comprise around 20% of national health spending and typically generate up to 70% of total health system revenue.1, 2 That makes surgical services the largest revenue generator for a hospital, supporting access to numerous other healthcare services. Considering the average hospital has…

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By: Barbara McClenathan, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, CNOR and Lisa Branding, MHSA
October 21, 2020
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Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety on telehealth

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 7 issued a new Quick Safety that focuses on the use of telehealth to deliver patient care while preventing exposure to COVID-19. Other benefits of telehealth in the Quick Safety include: promoting social distancing monitoring the progression of home-quarantined COVID-19 patients enabling providers…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 15, 2020
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HHS renews public health emergency for COVID-19

Editor's Note Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, on October 2, renewed the national public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 for another 90 days. The renewal will take effect October 23. This is the third renewal of PHE, which has been in effect since late January. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2020
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Humble giants of leadership

This series, written by OR Manager’s clinical editor, Judy Mathias, MA, RN, presents the management approaches of top leaders from around the country and describes the qualities that make them exemplary leaders. These articles are intended to inspire nurse leaders to achieve the highest levels of success in their careers…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 21, 2020
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OR Manager of the Year paves the way for future nurse leaders

Receiving the OR Manager of the Year award is considered a high honor, and this year’s winner says it is even more meaningful because of the global pandemic. “I’m extremely humbled to receive this award this year,” Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM, told OR Manager. “Nurses are working so…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 21, 2020
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What does it take to become an ERAS hospital?

Leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System in Richmond started the journey to become an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) hospital in 2016 with the following problem statement: Across surgical specialties, and regardless of superior surgical technique, perioperative care, and anesthesia care, patients can experience extended length of hospital…

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By: Paula Spencer, MSHA, PMP, CPHIMS
August 21, 2020
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