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Staffing at most ASCs stays stable despite recruitment challenges

Although ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff show a slightly greater inclination to change jobs than they did in 2014, staffing remains relatively stable in a market with continued recruitment challenges and slower volume increases, according to the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly one-fourth (24%) of respondents reported an…

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By: OR Manager
August 17, 2015
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Successful recruitment and retention of engaged employees—Part 1

As part of the 25th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, nearly one-fourth of respondents from ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) reported an increase in the turnover rate for RNs in the past 12 months, and many said they have at least one open position. In the comments section of the survey,…

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By: OR Manager
August 17, 2015
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Creating a powerful partnership between the OR and the SPD

Perhaps no other departments in a hospital work as closely together as the OR and the sterile processing department, yet friction isn’t uncommon as both areas strive to meet service demands. Although the relationship between the two is unlikely to ever be free of tension, leaders of both departments increasingly…

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By: OR Manager
July 22, 2015
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Massachusetts approves state's first nurse staffing mandate

Editor's Note The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has voted unanimously to approve the state’s first nurse staffing mandate. It calls for no more than two patients to be assigned to one nurse in all ICUs, including burn units and NICUs. In some cases just one patient is assigned to one…

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By: OR Manager
July 6, 2015
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Wise use of social media can enhance your professional career

Privacy violations, work distractions, wasting time—with all these risks, who needs social media? You do. Social media is key for OR leaders to successfully manage their professional lives. Savvy leaders accept that social media is a two-sided coin. “The reality is that every post, Tweet, and text is filled with…

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By: OR Manager
January 15, 2015
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Staff vacation gridlock eased by innovative allocation system

Developing a vacation selection process that is fair to everyone can be a daunting challenge for OR managers. The right balance between flexibility and adequate coverage can make or break staff satisfaction. Having time away from the hospital is important for all OR personnel, but perhaps none more so than…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Former pilot applies aviation skills to perioperative nursing

As a Navy veteran, airline pilot, and flight nurse, Lisa Reeves, RN, performed safety checklists for nearly 15 years. When Reeves became a perioperative nurse 2 years ago, she was pleasantly surprised to find she would continue to use checklists and that ORs had been studying aviation safety practices. “The…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Focused competencies give anesthesia technicians a leg up on the efficiency ladder

Demand for anesthesia technicians is on the rise, according to a recent Chicago Tribune headline. The article touts the position as a way to “work in the operating room without going to medical school.” Although this description may be an overreach, it does help raise awareness of the growing and…

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By: OR Manager
October 15, 2014
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Mandatory BSN program launched in response to IOM recommendation

Nearly 4 years have passed since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued the recommendation for 80% of RNs to get their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by 2020. To achieve that goal, the IOM says, “Healthcare organizations should encourage nurses with associate’s and diploma degrees to enter baccalaureate…

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By: OR Manager
June 16, 2014
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Don't let depression derail your staff's morale and motivation

Depression affects 9% of adults in the US and 18% of hospital-employed nurses, including those who work in perioperative settings. Nurses with depression not only suffer themselves, but their illness can impact their productivity and quality of care as well as their coworkers’ work lives. Nurse managers need to be…

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By: OR Manager
April 16, 2014
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