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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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Morale boosters can make your hospital a desirable place to work

Google is the best company in America to work for, according to Fortune Magazine. Thousands of smart, creative individuals want to work there, not only for perks like nap rooms and free food, but also because of Google’s reputation for supportive management, effective communication, and rewards for a job well…

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By: OR Manager
April 16, 2014
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Train, sustain, retain: Targeted recruitment reduces hospital openings from 50 to 0

What would you do if you had more than 50 open positions and 40 travel nurses in your OR? If you were part of the team at University of Virginia Medical Center (UVAMC) in Charlottesville, you would get busy recruiting and retaining staff. “We knew we couldn’t continue down that…

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By: OR Manager
February 1, 2014
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Innovative nurse training program bolsters interest in OR career

Like most OR leaders, Doug Robinson, BSN, RN, CNOR, manager of the Roberts Operating Rooms at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, wants a steady supply of OR nurses. Robinson has reached back to his own student experience to develop a program that gives students OR exposure, with the intent…

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By: OR Manager
February 1, 2014
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'Territorial games' aim to help curb disruptive behavior in the OR

The OR environment plays host to a perfect storm of high stakes, time constraints, and egos. As a surgical services director, you’ve likely seen your share of disruptive behavior, and your hospital probably has a zero tolerance policy for transgressions like throwing a surgical instrument across the room during surgery,…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2014
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Surgical liaisons: The bridge between the OR and family members

Surgery is a stressful time not only for patients but also for their families. Using a surgical liaison to communicate the status of an operation to those in the waiting area has boosted the satisfaction of patients, families, and surgeons, say perioperative directors whose hospitals have these positions. The liaison…

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By: OR Manager
October 1, 2013
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Words of wisdom: OR leaders offer tips for new managers

Surgical services is endowed with a large number of senior nurse leaders. The average age of perioperative nursing managers and directors is 55, and on average, they have been in nursing 30.5 years, according to the 2012 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly half plan to retire by 2020. As ORs…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2013
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Building cohesion, community, and commitment across multiple generations working in the OR

Managing today’s multigenerational perioperative workforce can seem daunting, but understanding the strengths of each group and knowing how best to communicate with them can turn challenges into opportunities. The first step toward promoting generational interrelationships—and to better manage perioperative services for the future—is to “create a generational profile of your…

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By: OR Manager
June 1, 2013
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Diverse communication styles are most effective for managing multigenerational staff

Because people are living and working longer, 4 generations of employees are now toiling side by side—and not always in harmony. Creating a workplace where all generations can thrive is both challenging and crucial to a manager’s success. “The biggest challenge and opportunity for growth is to recognize that you…

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By: OR Manager
June 1, 2013
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'Second victim' rapid-response team helps fellow clinicians recover from trauma

One Friday evening at University of Missouri Health System (MUHS) in Columbia, Missouri, Tony*, an RN with more than 17 years of critical care nursing experience, had a patient die unexpectedly during a routine procedure requiring moderate sedation. That weekend he was emotionally distressed, reliving the event and second-guessing his…

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By: OR Manager
May 1, 2013
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