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October 2019
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Hospital employment up in August

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 8,800 jobs in August to a seasonally adjusted 5,253,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 6. That’s up 97,400 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 392,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate remains…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2019
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Staffing and surgical volume vie for 'top challenge' facing OR leaders

Staffing headaches for OR managers continue, according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with more than a third of respondents reporting that the percentage of open positions compared with 12 months ago has increased for both RNs and surgical technologists (STs). The clock has to be turned back…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Millennials will soon comprise 50% of the nursing workforce. They are sometimes criticized for lacking commitment because they change jobs more often than their older counterparts. Yet research finds patients are safer when nurses are satisfied with their work environments, so it would seem that newer nurses and nurse managers…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Soup to nuts recruitment: Finding and onboarding OR nurses--Part 1

Staffing remains an ongoing challenge for OR managers, according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with open positions and turnover creating headaches. Attracting and retaining top talent is a crucial part of any OR leader’s job. This three-part series explores successful recruitment strategies: marketing (Part 1), interviewing and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Team training empowers OR staff to improve patient safety

Poor communication has been the root cause of many sentinel events over the years, and there has been growing recognition of how the work environment and culture influence patient outcomes. In a 2018 Sentinel Event Alert, the Joint Commission stressed the need to develop a “reporting culture”—to make it safe…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 23, 2019
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Survey finds staffing gap has widened at ASCs since 2018

Staffing remains a significant challenge for many leaders of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), according to the 2019 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly a third (32%) of respondents reported more open RN positions, significantly higher than the 26% in 2018; over the past 5 years, only 2016 had a higher…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 23, 2019
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Millennial nurse managers’ perspectives on their experiences in leadership roles

Editor's Note With millennials soon to make up 50% of the workforce, it is essential to recognize how the millennial nurses’ values and expectations shape their viewpoints to consider or reject leadership roles, this study finds. For the study, a national sample of 25 millennial nurse managers were interviewed on…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 12, 2019
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Hospital employment down 2,100 in July

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals fell by 0.04% (2,100 jobs) in July to a seasonally adjusted 5,238,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August 2. That’s still up 93,000 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 405,300 in the past year. The overall unemployment…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 7, 2019
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Hospitals with more BSNs linked to better cardiac arrest outcomes

Editor's Note Hospitals with more nurses who have bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees have better outcomes for patients after cardiac arrest, this study finds. For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, analyzed data from the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation registry, RN4CAST-US hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 29, 2019
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Zero tolerance policies rob 'energy suckers' of power

Many OR managers have likely experienced bullying, incivility, or lateral violence at some point in their careers. For newer and more seasoned managers alike, advice for handling difficult people is always welcome, and attendees at the 2019 OR Manager Conference in New Orleans will gain some valuable insights from Barbara…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 24, 2019
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