Tag: Management

New workshop planned for OR business managers

OR business managers and OR directors involved in the financial management of the surgical suite will have an opportunity to sharpen their skills at the second annual OR Business Manager Workshop, April 7 to 9, 2013, at the Marriott City Center, Denver. This intensive, interactive workshop is an opportunity for…

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By: OR Manager
January 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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Succession: Making the case for OR management

First article in a 2-part series.   Management should be the job people aspire to, says John Olmstead, MBS, RN, CNOR, FACHE, director of surgical services and emergency department at The Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana. “In too many hospitals, it’s the hot potato. People say, ‘I wouldn’t want to…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2012
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Teaching hospitals are adding business managers

As financial pressures grow, ORs are adding business managers. That’s particularly true for teaching hospitals, where 64% now have a business manager, and for larger ORs with 10 or more rooms, where 55% do, according to the 22nd annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. In contrast, 5 years ago, just 47%…

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By: OR Manager
November 13, 2012
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How to make 'funny' a part of your leadership role

With all that managers have to balance—schedules, meetings, staff, reports, and shrinking resources, not to mention home, family, and school—who has time to think about being funny? Humor may be more valuable than you imagine, not only in dealing with stress but also in being a better manager. Humor is…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2012
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Staff satisfaction: Happy employees have a payoff

Nearly two-thirds (60%) of employees who leave a position do so because of their relationship with their direct supervisor, according to the Studer Group, a health care consulting organization. “Satisfaction is about relationship,” says Marcus Erb, senior research partner at the Great Place to Work Institute, which helps organizations become…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2012
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Lateral violence: Tools managers can use to help shift the culture

An orientee comes to you in tears saying a couple of tenured nurses have snapped at her or huffed impatiently when she asked a question. Several other staff have met with you individually about conflict and hurtful comments they say are happening on one of the specialty teams. You already…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2012
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How to have a Leaner OR department

There's plenty of buzz (and confusion) about "Lean health care." Many wrongly assume Lean is simply applying Toyota lean manufacturing tools to health care. Unfortunately, many approach it that way. At the University of Tennessee, we define Lean health care as "…the application of concepts, tools, and management prescriptions to…

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By: Charles E. Noon, PhD
May 1, 2009
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