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October 2021
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NIOSH seeking comments on preventing work-related stress

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking comments on workplace and occupational safety and health interventions to prevent work-associated stress, support stress reduction, and foster positive mental health and well-being among healthcare workers. Examples of interventions include employee…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 14, 2021
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Survey: Dips in job satisfaction, engagement may relate to pandemic

Over the past year, job satisfaction of OR leaders as well as staff and physician engagement have all eroded, according to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey.Although more than two-thirds (67%) of respondents rate their current jobs or positions favorably, that is down from the 77% seen in 2020 and…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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Countering bullying through teamwork, increased awareness

Bullying is a serious problem seen in all aspects of life—at home, in school, and in the workplace. Anyone can be a bully, but bullying is often carried out by those who are threatened by or view themselves as superior to others. However, the younger generations, who are slowly taking…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
September 21, 2021
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Retaining nurses in a post-pandemic era--Part 2

Even as vaccination rates rise, COVID-19 continues its grip on the healthcare system and nurses are feeling the consequences, including staffing challenges that have prompted a renewed focus on retention. Scars left by the pandemic will complicate retention efforts. “The pandemic has made things much worse, not only for the…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
September 21, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 pandemic takes toll on staffing

Responses to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey indicate that OR leaders continue to face significant challenges as a result of COVID-19. The survey results come at a time when the buffeting waves of the pandemic are receding for some leaders, leaving them on the shoreline of a post-pandemic world.…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Educate to mitigate workplace violence in healthcare--Part 2

Protecting healthcare staff from physical and verbal abuse has always been a part of nurse leaders’ responsibilities, but the increase in workplace violence (WPV) since the start of COVID-19 has made that even more challenging than in the past. In the first article of this two-part series, OR Manager looked…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 19, 2021
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Editorial

The need for registered nurses nationwide is expected to grow 7% by 2029 to 3.3 million workers, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which projects 175,900 openings for new nurses each year. Filling those openings is an increasing challenge for perioperative nurse leaders. The annual OR Manager Salary/Career…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
August 19, 2021
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Retaining nurses in a post-pandemic era--Part 1

The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic run deep in the nursing profession. As one respondent to the 2021 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey noted: “[The pandemic has] caused healthcare workers to rethink the reason they went into this profession. Also the fact that we could die doing our jobs.” Part of…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2021
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Supportive system synergizes presurgical patient optimization

The better a patient’s overall health prior to undergoing surgery, the more likely a good surgical outcome. Research has demonstrated the benefits of prehabilitation and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols, and many healthcare facilities have embedded such practices into their surgical patient care pathways. At UPMC Central Pennsylvania Region in…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
August 19, 2021
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Researchers raise the alarm on splashing during reprocessing--Part 2

Part 1 of this two-part series discussed the splashes and the potential for exposure to pathogens that personnel face daily in sterile processing and endoscopy departments, as well as the current guidelines and strategies for reducing exposures (OR Manager, July 2021, pp 1, 9-11, 15). These risks were derived from…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
July 20, 2021
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