Tag: labor market

Supply chain stress fractures demand rock-solid continuity planning

More than 4 years after personal protective equipment production and inventories crashed amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the “new normal” in healthcare supply chains seems to be “uncertainty.” Although hospital margins are improving and patient volumes are trending upward, “stress fractures continue to remain in place,” says Michael Schiller, CMRP,…

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By: Marisa Torrieri
May 24, 2024
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Healthcare employment up in April

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose by 56,000 from April to May, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on May 3. That is compared to an overall monthly gain of 175,000 in April. In April, healthcare employment also trended up in: ambulatory…

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By: Matt Danford
May 3, 2024
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Decade of salary data shows mix of small gains, stagnation for OR leaders

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Takeaways OR leaders have experienced financial gains over the past 9 years, but not enough to keep up with inflation in recent years. Capital and operating budget responsibilities have increased over the past 6 years. Since 2015, OR leaders have consistently been most satisfied with their current job, but much…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
March 22, 2024
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A look back: 10 years of staffing data show scope of challenges for OR leaders

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Takeaways The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated staffing problems, and although some parameters have improved, challenges remain. Surgical volume took a sharp drop during the pandemic but is now rebounding. Over the years, the gap in difficulty between recruiting RNs and recruiting STs has narrowed. Last month, OR Manager looked back on…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
February 27, 2024
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Session: Strategy to reduce temporary labor expense

Editor's Note “How many of you are still struggling with staffing?” Tammy Straub, MSN, RN, APRN, CNOR, administrator of perioperative services at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, asked attendees of this session. Everyone in the room raised their hands. Straub and Alexandre Warman, MBA, CEBA, administrator of perioperative business…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 6, 2024
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Supporting healthcare staff with on-demand staffing solutions

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Healthcare systems worldwide, regardless of their size or market, are facing the same challenge: how to meet the growing demand for qualified staff without straining hospital budgets. According to a report by the American Hospital Association, health systems are experiencing a significant workforce turnover that began in 2016. On average,…

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By: Craig Allan Ahrens, MHA, MBA
January 23, 2024
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How internal staffing agencies benefit the OR suite

Takeaways Clinical hours per case is a simple, yet effective, productivity metric. Analysis of productivity measures can include benchmarking against external and internal data. A positive work culture will improve staff productivity. Many health systems rely on external, third-party agencies to deploy nurses and other staff. But when a situation…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
November 15, 2023
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Is the ‘great resignation’ coming to a close?

Editor's Note March 2023 marked the lowest number of quits among US workers since May 2021, according to a recent survey from the Labor Department, as reported by CNBC. More than 50 million workers left their jobs in 2022, the highest number of quits since the government began tracking this…

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By: Lindsay Botts
May 31, 2023
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