Leadership

Some practical thoughts about Risk Management

Risk management can be challenging.  We know that we are responsible for “managing risk”, but what does that really mean? In practical terms, we support a culture of safety to reduce risk as it relates to our daily operations.  If you think about it, so […]

Feeling Safe about Safe Injection Practices

Feeling Safe about Safe Injection Practices

We have all heard the horror stories…of nurses using used needles and syringes, using unsafe techniques, using the same fluid bags or vials, and other of improper injection practices, making patients sick, or at minimum, requiring notification and testing of exposed patients.  These unsafe injection […]

The Preference Card Dilemma

  I have recently been working with a new manager who is just learning about her center.  She’s bright, enthusiastic, experienced, has great critical thinking skills, the right temperament, and should be a great success.  She’s also frustrated, and I’m trying to help her alleviate […]

Why A Scrub’s Life?

So, today is a milestone for me.  It’s my birthday, and I have been writing this blog for four years this month.  To honor the occasion, I thought I would switch it up a bit and be a little reflective. I didn’t really start writing the […]

Morale is worth the money

I once had an employer ask me to attend an out of state conference.  When I initially heard about the conference, I was interested in the content and locale, and was looking forward to it.  Then, I heard that the same employer had wanted about […]

In support of ambulatory surgery…

In support of ambulatory surgery…

I have worked in ambulatory surgery since 1995.  I love the safe quality care our industry provides.  When people ask me why we are good at what we do, my answer is always simple.  We specialize in one thing.  Surgery.  As with any business, when […]

Does supply management make you feel like you  are on a roller coaster?

Does supply management make you feel like you are on a roller coaster?

Have you ever had a day when someone comes to you and says, “we don’t have any (supply name here), and the case is scheduled to start in 10 minutes!” ?  I know I have.  While I don’t have a magic wand to solve this, […]

I’m over here sewing patches on my cape

I’m over here sewing patches on my cape

Being in a leadership position is, for lack of a better word-challenging.  But, no offense to those non-surgical leaders, who may start their day at say, some late hour like 8:30, and then maybe actually go to a restaurant for lunch, or grab a call […]

Six links to free training to meet your compliance needs!

Six links to free training to meet your compliance needs!

  I don’t know about you, but I find staff training challenging.  I’m NOT Oprah.  (YOU  get to learn about emergencies…lol!) I have this list of everything staff need to know that I’ve built from the compliance documents, use it to train new staff, and […]

Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

I’ve done a lot of thinking about overcoming adversity lately.  Like anyone, I’ve had my share.  I tend to admire those who have become greatly successful despite significant challenges faced.  Part of my recent reflection comes from meeting one of my heroes the other day. […]