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December 2019
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Impact of shared governance on workplace empowerment over time

Editor's Note In this analysis of measurements (ie, staff’s caring, workplace engagement, and work empowerment) assessed before and after implementation of an interprofessional shared governance model, only work empowerment scores of staff working in relationship-based care professional practice models were sustainable and increased progressively and significantly over time. Work engagement…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2019
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Hospital-based care coordination strategies linked to CMS star ratings

Editor's Note Care coordination strategies were found to be associated with high overall hospital quality star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in this study. A total of 710 general acute care noncritical access hospitals that received star ratings and responded to the 2015 American Hospital…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 21, 2019
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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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Knowing yourself is key to being a leader

Editor's Note To lead others, managers must first know how to lead themselves, writes Laurie Ruettimann in the November 17 laurieruettimann.com. Leadership is only possible after managers know what they stand for, where they come from, what they intend to do, and how they actually act, Ruettimann says. Self-leadership is…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 19, 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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Data-driven surgical scheduling system improves efficiency

Editor's Note Compared to the historical mean (HM) scheduling approach, the data-driven regression modeling (RM) method improves multiple measures of operative suite efficiency and personnel satisfaction without adversely affecting clinical outcomes, this study finds. The HM approach included case duration of the most recent 4 years, and the RM system…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2019
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Use of medical scribes improves workflow of surgeons, residents in an outpatient setting

Editor's Note Incorporating medical scribes into surgical practices to reduce time surgeons spend on patient documentation and managing electronic health records increases the number of patients seen by surgeons and residents in outpatient clinics, finds this study presented October 29 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 5, 2019
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General surgery residents who are mistreated at greater risk of burnout

Editor's Note Half of general surgery residents experience workplace mistreatment at least a few times a year, which greatly raises their risk of burnout and suicidal thoughts, finds a national survey that was presented October 28 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco. Survey responses…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2019
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Joint Commission issues Quick Safety on new maternal hemorrhage standard

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 29 announced a new “Quick Safety 51: Proactive prevention of maternal death from maternal hemorrhage,” which provides background information on strategies outlined in a new maternal hemorrhage standard. The new Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC) standard, "PC.06.01.01: Reduce the likelihood of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 31, 2019
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Mayo Clinic Care Network reduces hospital stays with ERPs

Editor's Note An Enhanced Recovery Pathway (ERP) created by the Mayo Clinic’s colorectal surgery service a decade ago has now been adopted by other surgical services in seven medical centers that are members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the October 15 Harvard Business Review reports. The ability of each…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 24, 2019
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