Tag: Competence

Results of competency assessment study of OR nurses in the US

Perioperative nursing was the first recognized nursing specialty in the late 1800s. Modern education and training of nurses entering the specialty is still like this early period. Orientation is heavily reliant on workplace training and precepted learning experience. However, these long-standing methods have not been rigorously studied for effectiveness. The…

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By: James X Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM(E), CNAMB, Shannon Maio, MA and Carissa L. Homme, PhD, PMP
May 24, 2022
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Effective orientation vital for a sustainable workforce: Part 2

Orientation is the backbone of a sustainable workforce. Part 2 of OR Manager’s two-part series focuses on the orientation of experienced and per diem nurses, social onboarding, and how the pandemic has affected orientation, post-orientation efforts, and evaluation.   Experienced nurses Experienced OR nurses are typically placed on the fast…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 22, 2022
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Tracking orientation, competencies, and skillsets in the OR—Military style

GENERAL Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense or the US Government. Developing OR nurses for the future is a goal of all OR managers. Orientation programs can vary depending on the…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
April 22, 2022
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The Joint Commission, AHA launch Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association, on April 20, announced the launch of a Comprehensive Heart Attack Center certification program, which recognizes hospitals providing care to the most complex and critically ill patients. To be certified, hospitals must provide 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week on-site coverage for primary percutaneous…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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FDA: Reprocessing changes for certain Karl Storz urological endoscopes

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 4 issued a letter to healthcare providers and users saying the agency is aware that current reprocessing instructions for certain urological endoscopes manufactured by Karl Storz are inadequate and are being updated by the company. In the letter, the FDA…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 5, 2022
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US News posts annual list of best graduate nursing schools

Editor's Note The US News and World Report on March 29 posted its annual list of best nursing schools for Master’s and Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degrees. Topping the lists for both Master’s and DNP degrees is Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, is ranked second for…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 30, 2022
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Effective orientation vital for a sustainable workforce: Part 1

Even before the pandemic, many OR leaders struggled to maintain adequate staffing. However, COVID-19 has undoubtedly aggravated the situation, with many nurses choosing to exit the profession, leave the hospital setting, or seek higher wages as a per diem traveler. As OR leaders work to fill open positions, they may…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 25, 2022
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Move Well: Teaching OR staff to avoid musculoskeletal injuries

Nurses have the highest incidence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries in the US, and OR nurses have the highest incidence among all nursing specialties. Estimates in the literature say more than 50% report chronic back pain, and 10% must leave their profession entirely because of back injuries. It is also estimated…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
March 25, 2022
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Newsweek posts annual World’s Best Hospitals

Editor's Note Three American hospitals top Newsweek’s annual World’s Best Hospitals list, published on March 2. These hospitals have learned to adapt to new and existing challenges quickly during medicine's 2-year war against COVID-19, Newsweek says. The top three are: Mayo Clinic-Rochester, Rochester, Minnesota Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Massachusetts General…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 3, 2022
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Allan Sendaydiego: Answering the call to lead

What happens to you when you become a new manager? “You become a jack of all trades and master of none. You need to practice true collaboration and rely upon your team members,” says Allan Sendaydiego, BSN, RN, interim director for anesthesia and interventional radiology at Kaiser Permanente. In this…

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By: Ivy Montgomery
February 16, 2022
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