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Impact of shared governance on workplace empowerment over time

Editor's Note In this analysis of measurements (ie, staff’s caring, workplace engagement, and work empowerment) assessed before and after implementation of an interprofessional shared governance model, only work empowerment scores of staff working in relationship-based care professional practice models were sustainable and increased progressively and significantly over time. Work engagement…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 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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Data-driven surgical scheduling system improves efficiency

Editor's Note Compared to the historical mean (HM) scheduling approach, the data-driven regression modeling (RM) method improves multiple measures of operative suite efficiency and personnel satisfaction without adversely affecting clinical outcomes, this study finds. The HM approach included case duration of the most recent 4 years, and the RM system…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2019
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Preventive program reduces work-related musculoskeletal disorders in surgeons

Editor's Note In this multicenter study, a global program based on the application of ergonomics in the OR and specific physical exercises reduced work-related musculoskeletal disorders among surgeons. A total of 141 surgeons were randomized to either the preventive program (PP) group (65 surgeons) or the no preventive program (NPP)…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 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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Consensus report shows burnout prevalent in healthcare clinicians

Editor's Note Clinician burnout is affecting between one-third and one-half of nurses and physicians and 40% to 60% of medical students and residents, according to a new consensus report by 32 institutions and foundations, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Among the ways to fight burnout discussed in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2019
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Supportive leaders boost staying power of nursing staff--Part 1

OR nurse leaders are struggling not only to recruit staff, but to retain them—especially as younger generations begin to dominate the work pool. A 2019 study by Dowling Dols and colleagues found that Millennials were generally satisfied with their jobs, yet they anticipated staying with their current employer for 3.03…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2019
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Soup to nuts recruitment: Finding and onboarding OR nurses--Part 3

Recruiting OR staff who will best meet culture and competency expectations is a three-pronged process that starts with a sound marketing strategy, progresses to the application and interview stage, and concludes with the decision to hire and onboard. Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part series covered the roles that…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
October 21, 2019
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Effects of MINDBODYSTRONG program on newly licensed RNs

Editor's Note This study found that the MINDBODYSTRONG for Healthcare Professionals program has excellent potential as an intervention for improving the mental health, healthy lifestyle beliefs and behaviors, and job satisfaction in newly licensed RNs. Of 89 new RNs (divided into two groups, intervention and control) participating in a nurse…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2019
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Barriers to medical students pursing a career in surgery

Editor's Note This survey of Harvard Medical School students’ perceptions of barriers to a career in surgery found high rates of verbal discouragement and concerns about family aspirations. Of 729 medical students surveyed, 261 completed the questionnaire (58.6% women, 41% men, 0.4% transgender). Results showed: no significant gender difference in…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 10, 2019
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