Tag: Education

Improving endoscope precleaning workflows

Editor's Note Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, gathered an interdisciplinary team to organize a safe and time efficient precleaning workflow for their fast-paced GI clinic that decreased time spent precleaning by 50%. The researchers identified inadequate precleaning processes, including staff who did not follow…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2022
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Sessions on recruitment, retention at OR Manager Conference

Nationally known for her work in helping current and future nurse leaders to develop their leadership and coaching skills, Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, will return to the OR Manager Conference in Denver, Colorado, in October 2022. Over the past 2 years, Sherman has done 85 virtual workshops…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Engaging student nurses to prime the OR nurse pump: Part 2

Generating student interest in the OR can help OR leaders fill staffing gaps. For example, Debra Sparks, MSM, BSN, RN, CNOR, director of regional perioperative services for The Metro Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, has hired nurses who spent time in the organization as part of their university-based OR coursework…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 28, 2022
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Business conference placed staffing challenges in sharp focus

May 2022 brought business leaders and operations managers back together in person for the OR Business Management Conference. This year marked its 10th anniversary, and the intimate event highlighted several facets of the behemoth issue that is staffing. Several sessions touched on the topic, including: • “Organize the chaos and…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Staffing and labor costs have been consuming the thoughts of managers at all levels of leadership. Since the COVID-19 pandemic exarcerbated work conditions and safety concerns, healthcare leaders have had to deal with an unprecendented number of resignations and increased turnover with the rise of travel nursing. Calls for greater…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 24, 2022
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Engaging student nurses to prime the OR nurse pump: Part 1

Concerns about the pipeline of OR nurses existed long before COVID-19, but the pandemic has heightened these concerns. Many nurses plan to exit the profession in the next few years (sidebar, Workforce outlook). Unfortunately, the pipeline of replacement nurses is nearly dry as student experiences in the OR have been…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 24, 2022
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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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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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