Tag: Professionalism

Editorial: Nurse leaders, vendors must collaborate effectively

Is working with a healthcare vendor a necessary evil? For leaders in the perioperative space, where vendors abound, it may be tempting to answer “yes.” The relationship between vendors and nurse leaders is a delicate balance between give and take, but sometimes the take seems to outweigh the give. Nonetheless,…

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By: Jane E. Kuhn, RN, MSN, CNOR(e), NEA-BC (Retired)
May 24, 2024
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Managing challenging employees: When to let go

TAKEAWAYS • HR should be involved early in the disciplinary process to help guide OR leaders’ decision-making throughout disciplinary and/or remediatoin processes. • Timing, privacy, opportunities for employee feedback, and an empathetic approach are among the most important considerations for a final termination meeting. • Whatever the process for communicating…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 19, 2024
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Managing challenging employees: How to help

TAKEAWAYS • Addressing an employee with a competency or behavior issue is important for the well-being of staff and managers. • Determining the reason for the issue is an important first step to resolving it. • Sources of support for managers include colleagues, human resources, and educators. In today’s perioperative…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
April 19, 2024
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Recognize, report, prevent: Building accountability for workplace violence

Anyone doubting the prevalence of workplace violence (WPV) in the healthcare setting need only search online for “injuries to healthcare workers.” In a sector rife with occupational hazards—from slips and falls to sharps injuries and infections—a significant portion of the links are sure to mention WPV, with many even focusing…

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By: Dawn Whiteside, DNP, MSN-Ed, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA
April 19, 2024
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Federal regulations require written consent for pelvic exams at hospitals, medical schools

Editor's Note New federal guidelines require obtaining written informed consent before conducting pelvic and other sensitive medical examinations, according to an April 2 Associated Press report. The new guidance from the US Department of Health and Human Services focuses specifically on medical students, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants performing breast,…

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By: Matt Danford
April 15, 2024
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Survey: More than half of ED nurses experienced violence in past month

Editor's Note: Head-butting, kicking, slapping, and verbal assault are among the forms of abuse reported in a recent “pulse check” of Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) members in which more than half of respondents reported being abused within the preceding 30 days. Published April 4—the beginning of Workplace Violence Prevention Awareness…

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By: Matt Danford
April 15, 2024
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Editorial: Social media raises privacy, ethical concerns

After spending many years in management roles, I can testify to the truth of one old proverb: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Patient privacy is a prime example. Confusion on this topic seems just as rampant today as in the early 2000s, amid the widespread…

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By: Jane E. Kuhn, RN, MSN, CNOR(e), NEA-BC (Retired)
February 27, 2024
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Editorial: OR Manager Conference is almost here!

The 36th OR Manager Conference is here! Starting on September 17, hundreds of perioperative leaders will be meeting in Music City, Nashville, TN, at the Music City Center for four days of educational and networking opportunities, as well as exposure to one of the most culturally rich cities in the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
August 21, 2023
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A quick internet search on the importance and impact of survey data in healthcare generates a plethora of results. Making the query more specific—the importance and impact of survey data in surgical services, and the wealth of information is much the same. The results are mostly about surveys conducted on…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 23, 2023
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According to data released by The Joint Commission in April 2023, serious patient safety events in healthcare facilities rose by 19% in 2022, compared to 2021. The Joint Commission found that “failures in communication, teamwork, and consistently following policies” were primarily behind these incidents, the accreditation body reported. A recent…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
April 24, 2023
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