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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on combating nurse burnout

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 15 issued “Quick Safety 50 Developing resilience to combat nurse burnout.” Research indicates that resilience does more than prevent burnout, it fosters resources to combat workplace challenges. Resilience has several components, including: The ability to adapt in the face of adversity or significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 17, 2019
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Hospital employment up 11,200 jobs in June

Editor's Note US hospitals added 11,200 jobs in June to a seasonally adjusted 5,244,900, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 5. That’s up 105,500 more employees than a year ago. Overall, healthcare employment has increased 402,800 in the past year. The overall unemployment rate is 3.8%.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 10, 2019
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Study: Healthcare workers often care for patients while ill themselves

Editor's Note Large numbers of healthcare workers go to work with symptoms of cold, flu, and other acute respiratory illnesses, this study finds. In this survey of healthcare workers from nine Canadian hospitals during four influenza seasons, 94.6% reported working while sick with an acute respiratory illness, most often because…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 18, 2019
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Emotional intelligence: A 'must' for outstanding leadership

Psychologists and social scientists developed the concept of emotional intelligence decades ago, and research since then has supported it as a key component of leadership success. “Thirty plus years’ worth of research shows that having leadership skills is not enough to be an effective leader,” says Kandi Wiens, EdD, MBA.…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
June 18, 2019
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Staff input enriches labor benchmarking data

Labor is the most important resource in an OR and must be used effectively to maintain the financial health of an organization and the well-being of patients. “OR leaders need data tools to manage their labor dollars. How do you know if you are doing it well?” asks Sharon Ulep,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 18, 2019
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Gain and sustain staff satisfaction through trust and respect

The trust bestowed upon the nursing profession by the public is a privilege and requires professional accountability for continual practice enhancement. Research finds that efforts to improve the culture of the perioperative work environment consistently lead to better teamwork and communication among staff. These enhancements will positively impact the safety…

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By: Veronica Petersen, MSN, RN, CNOR
June 18, 2019
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Hats on! How ASC administrators manage multiple roles

It is not unusual for OR leaders to perform many different roles: Boss, mentor, coach, facilitator, or participant, to name some. Administrators in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) likewise are tasked with many different responsibilities, often shifting among multiple roles within the same day. With the rapid growth in volume and…

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By: Amy L. Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC
June 18, 2019
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Nurses have increased risk of sleep disorders, deprivation

Editor's Note Academic medical center nurses have a high prevalence of insufficient sleep and symptoms of sleep disorders, finds this study presented June 10 at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in San Antonio. A survey of 1,165 nurses at an academic medical center found that: 49%…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Hospital staffing models associated with failure to rescue rates

Editor's Note Hospitals with low failure to rescue (FTR) rates had significantly more staffing resources than hospitals with high FTR rates, this study finds. In this analysis of 44,567 surgical patients in the Michigan Quality Surgical Collaborative, hospital FTR rates across low, middle and high tertiles were 8.9%, 16.5%, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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Missouri hospitals report all-time-high employee turnover

Editor's Note Missouri hospitals reported an all-time-high employee turnover rate of 19.5% this year in a report released by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). Among the positions with the highest turnover rates: sterile processing technicians, 20.4% surgical technicians, 16.0% staff nurses, 15.2% physician assistants, 15.2%. Hospitals and other stakeholders are…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 13, 2019
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