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Joint Commission makes minor modifications to on-site survey process

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on February 26 announced that it had made minor modifications to its on-site survey process that will go into effect March 1, 2020. The modifications were made to better accommodate critical survey activities for all accreditation programs, except for laboratory services accreditation. The modifications also…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 27, 2020
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AORN releases COVID-19 tool kit

Editor's Note AORN on February 14 released a new coronavirus (COVID-19) tool kit to support OR decision-making for the safety of healthcare workers and patients. The toolkit includes: World Health Organization updates Centers for Disease Control & Prevention updates ECRI Institute-Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center resources Journal of the American Medical…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 18, 2020
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Effectiveness of charge nurse training on leadership style, resiliency

Editor's Note This study finds that a charge nurse orientation and professional development program is effective and improves leadership style and resiliency. A random sample of charge nurses was selected from an 11-hospital healthcare system to pilot a standardized charge nurse leadership training program. The sample included 19 control and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 5, 2020
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OR nurse pipeline expands through clinical immersion program

Most hospital leaders are well aware of the coming wave of nurse retirements. However, few leaders understand that this wave will likely hit the OR even earlier than other departments. According to research from NSI Nursing Solutions, surgical services nurses are on average older than other nursing professionals. Because OR…

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By: OR Manager
January 13, 2020
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‘Great leaders give direction, not directions’

Editor's Note What is it that only great leaders can do? “Give direction, not directions,” writes Scott Eblin in the November 20 eblingroup.com/blog. Leaders need to set a “commander’s intent” that gives team members a clear sense of why a task is important, what it will result in, and where…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 21, 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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2020 OR Business Management Conference around the corner

Anyone seeking a break from the winter weather and a stimulating educational experience will find both at the 2020 OR Business Management Conference (ORBMC), which takes place January 27-30 in Weston, Florida. The highly relevant and timely presentations, along with networking events that connect OR business professionals with colleagues and…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 18, 2019
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Conference kicks leadership skills up several notches

The Big Easy put on a big program for the more than 1,400 perioperative nurse leaders and other healthcare professionals who flocked to New Orleans in September for the annual OR Manager Conference. Both the conference and PACU Manager Summit offered provocative new input and highly entertaining networking events. The…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
October 21, 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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