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Hospital employment up in November

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 9,900 jobs in November to a seasonally adjusted 5,283,200, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on December 6. That’s up 94,300 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 414,200 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate fell…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 9, 2019
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Daily Tiered Huddles help prioritize and resolve OR problems

When you have a problem, are you empowered to solve it? What happens when staff encounter an obstacle? Cleveland Clinic’s Tiered Huddle process empowers all caregivers to see problems and tackle issues on their own or escalate them for assistance. The tiered huddles have energized teams to work across the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 18, 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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L&D overhaul may produce greater efficiency, satisfaction

A strong labor and delivery (L&D) department is a key driver of hospital success. L&D not only contributes significantly to hospital profitability, it plays an important role in establishing and cementing patient loyalty. And as hospitals increasingly take responsibility for community health, an effective birth program can make a measurable…

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By: OR Manager
November 18, 2019
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Hospital employment up in October

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 2,100 jobs in October to a seasonally adjusted 5,270,600, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on November 1. That’s up 91,300 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 402,100 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate was…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 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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Hospital employment up in September

Editor's Note Employment in US hospitals was up 8,100 jobs in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,267,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 4. That’s up 101,500 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 422,600 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate fell…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2019
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Work values of Gen Z nurses

Editor's Note Helping people, having a job that is interesting and engaging, good benefits, and job security are the most important Generation (Gen) Z nurse work values found in this study. A survey that assessed the work values of baccalaureate Gen Z nursing students found that their top four most…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 1, 2019
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