Tag: Employment

Novice OR nurses fill pipeline through effective education programs

Leaders seeking competent staff for the OR are increasingly training their own. These internal programs, typically targeted toward both new graduates and nurses without previous OR experience, require planning, organization, and follow-through. “You need to integrate the didactic with the clinical setting,” says Ellen Lord, MS, RN, CNOR, a perioperative…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 13, 2017
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BLS: Hospital employment up 0.15% in May

Editor's Note Hospital employment rose 0.15% in May to a seasonally adjusted 5,104,400 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on June 2. This is 7,400 more employees than in April and 95,500 more than a year ago. The nation’s unemployment rate fell by 0.1% in May to 4.3%.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2017
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Employee engagement: The path to better patient care--Part 1

What’s the best strategy for OR leaders to boost productivity, reduce costs, and, most important, provide excellent patient care? Ensure staff are engaged. Staff engagement has become something of a buzzword in healthcare, but for good reason. “Employee engagement is the bull’s-eye on the target of providing excellent patient care,”…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
May 17, 2017
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Women increasingly working into their 60s, 70s

Editor's Note New studies of census, earnings, and retirement data show that women’s career paths are more closely mirroring men’s, including an increasing tendency to work full-time into their 60 and 70s, the February 11 New York Times reports. About 30% of women aged 65 to 69 are working, which…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2017
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Medical technology jobs drop amid device tax implementation

Editor's Note The Advanced medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) in a February 8 press release linked medical technology job losses to the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax. The US medical technology industry lost nearly 29,000 (7.2%) jobs from 2012 to 2015 while the 2.3% medical device tax was in effect,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 10, 2017
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Study: Nursing skill mix linked to mortality, quality

Editor's Note This study led by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, finds that employment of more nurse assistants relative to the number of professional nurses in hospitals is associated with higher mortality and lower quality of care. Every 10-point increase in the percentage of…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2016
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Nurses strike at 5 Minnesota hospitals

Editor's Note Nearly 5,000 Minnesota nurses are on strike after contract talks broke down, the September 5 Modern Healthcare reports.  The walkout at five Minneapolis-St Paul hospitals began Monday, September 5, at 7 am. The main issues of the negotiations include health insurance, workplace safety, and staffing. Allina Health says it…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2016
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Salary remains flat as volume increases for OR leaders

OR leaders face an increasing number of stresses, ranging from pressure to trim already lean budgets to searching for staff who could potentially replace them as they contemplate retirement. At the same time, OR leaders’ salaries remain flat, according to results from the 2016 annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Respondents…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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Survey finds little change in ASC leader compensation, satisfaction

Leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing little to no growth in salary, even through most are experiencing higher surgical volumes, according to the OR Manager 2016 Salary/Career Survey. The average annual salary was $104,721, slightly more than the $102,051 in 2015, but the average total compensation was down…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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How to attract Gen Zers to the workforce

Editor's Note Generation Z is beginning to enter the workforce, and recruiting is not the same as for millennials, the August 14 Fortune.com reports. Like the millennials, many Gen Zers want to do work that has a positive impact on the world, but they are more concerned about job security…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2016
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