Tag: Team Building

A look back: 10 years of staffing data show scope of challenges for OR leaders

Data and surveys

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: Leadership training skills designed for future performance

Editor's Note What are some key components of effective leadership? Understanding the complexity of team dynamics, displaying emotional intelligence—especially in difficult situations, and embracing socialization. Lieutenant Colonel Shari Bowen, assistant professor, department of behavioral sciences and leadership, at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York, broke down these…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 7, 2024
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Supporting healthcare staff with on-demand staffing solutions

healthcare nurse staff

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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Sources, consequences of intraoperative stress in surgical teams

Editor's Note This study from the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System finds that intraoperative stress in surgical teams is common and has multiple sources, including adverse events. Researchers conducted 28 interviews with surgical team members on intraoperative stress and emotional and behavioral responses to stressors. The researchers then identified themes in…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2023
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Effect of team dynamics on operative efficiency in total joints

Editor's Note In this study led by California's Stanford Health Care, researchers found significant associations of surgical team composition and dynamics with operative efficiency for total hip (THAs) and total knee arthroplasties (TKAs), independent of case complexity. The analysis included 641 total joint arthroplasties (279 THAs and 362 TKAs) performed…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 22, 2023
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Session: Getting your preference cards right

Editor's Note In order for perioperative services to operate smoothly, it is crucial to manage surgical preference cards efficiently, Megan Eubanks, MBA, Senior Director of Business Operations, Perioperative and Procedural Services, The University of Kansas Hospital, discussed in a session, “Getting Your Surgical Preference Cards Right.” She shared with the…

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By: Bridget Brown
February 9, 2023
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