Tag: Leadership

Rounding tool off to a good start in improving patient satisfaction

A mobile, web-based rounding tool is allowing the perioperative leadership team at Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) in Vail, Colorado, to collect, analyze, and report on information gathered from surgeons, staff, and patients to improve quality of care and move toward high reliability. Software designed by MyRounding Solutions in Littleton,…

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By: OR Manager
February 20, 2014
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Anesthesiology: An important ally in building better surgical services

Among the challenges facing OR leaders everywhere are declining payment in tandem with rising costs, increased quality and patient satisfaction requirements, and the ongoing struggle to manage relations with surgeons. When it comes to tackling these issues, many OR directors do not realize they have a powerful natural ally—the anesthesiology…

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By: OR Manager
February 1, 2014
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South Carolina models high reliability standards through pilot program

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare have teamed up to make the state’s healthcare highly reliable. In a joint project titled “South Carolina Safe Care Commitment,” 21 hospitals in South Carolina are learning about high reliability practices (chart, p 12). High reliability…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2014
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Partnering with your CEO will put you on the path to success

Maintaining a strong relationship with the hospital CEO has always been important for an OR leader. In the coming year, good relations with the executive suite will be critical. Hospital executives are under greater pressure now than at any time in the last 30 years. Changes in the healthcare market…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2014
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OR Manager of the Year embraces golden rule

Letters nominating Pamela Smith, BSN, RN, CNOR, as the 2013 OR Manager of the Year described her as a leader who has supported her staff and their decisions, an advocate for education, and a clinical manager who “drives quality and efficiency while balancing high patient and staff satisfaction scores.” Smith,…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2013
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Words of wisdom: OR leaders offer tips for new managers

Surgical services is endowed with a large number of senior nurse leaders. The average age of perioperative nursing managers and directors is 55, and on average, they have been in nursing 30.5 years, according to the 2012 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. Nearly half plan to retire by 2020. As ORs…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2013
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Surviving a disaster: Nurses recall Moore's fierce tornado

It had been a busy morning in the OR at Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20. By 3 pm, the surgery patients had left the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) and gone home. PACU nurses Debra Breshears, RN, and Barbra Barrow, RN, were getting ready to leave when…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2013
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Solid OR governance is the foundation for safety

Ten Elements of Safer Surgery. First in a series.   What’s the essential ingredient for an OR to run safely and effectively? Many would sum it up with one word—leadership, followed closely by collaboration. An OR led by a strong team from surgery, nursing, and anesthesia backed by the hospital’s…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2013
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Succession: Identifying and mentoring OR leaders Second article in a 2-part series. The first article appeared in the December OR Manager.

Not all staff nurses can or want to be managers,” says Judith Mercado, RN, CNOR, nursing service director for perioperative and maternal child health services for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “Informal leaders stand out; they are the superstars of the group.” Identifying those leaders and mentoring them into…

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By: OR Manager
January 1, 2013
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Survey: An OR leadership crisis is looming, but is C-suite listening?

Perioperative nursing is facing a leadership crisis. Though 9 in 10 perioperative nurse leaders think a smooth succession is critical when they retire, they worry about who will take these positions. Most think the scope of their roles needs to be re-evaluated to attract younger RNs, a new OR Manager…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2012
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