The Daily Adventures of Managing Surgery

Leadership

Keeping it simple…a strategy for managing the daily adventure

Keeping it simple…a strategy for managing the daily adventure

Managing surgery is if anything, an adventure.  No producing widgets for us.  Every day brings something new.  It is definitely not for the faint-hearted or weak kneed. Even the most organized can feel overwhelmed at times.  Some days it may feel like you are drowning in […]

Active shooter scenario as a disaster drill

Active shooter scenario as a disaster drill

As much as I hate to admit it, as we consider the possible threats to our facility’s safety, in light of recent senseless events both here and abroad, it may be more likely to have to deal with a violent individual than a tornado or […]

What I did on my summer vacation…

What I did on my summer vacation…

  I have just returned from an amazing vacation. For the first time ever, I had an opportunity to travel to Europe.  I cashed in some long saved points and planned and scheduled.  I’m sure you can imagine…I treated the whole itinerary like a surgical […]

A skills “add” to your resume you probably don’t know you have…

A skills “add” to your resume you probably don’t know you have…

I recently had an intriguing conversation with an amazing nurse I know, who possesses some of the  qualities that make for a great surgical leader.  This nurse holds a role in which she manages the surgical schedule, does some materials management and circulates.  She is […]

Three of my top surgical hacks and “Ideas that Work”…

Three of my top surgical hacks and “Ideas that Work”…

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to make things simpler, especially with all the challenges of managing surgery.  Life is rough enough.  Our brains are already saturated with to do lists, passcodes and deadlines.  With my dark nursing humor […]

You can be a nurse…or just look like one…

You can be a nurse…or just look like one…

Way back in time, when I was in nursing school, my buddies and I would always joke at test time to relieve our jitters. There were two popular training commercials at that time that ran on television.  One offered truck driver training, and another touted […]

Here are some links to bring you luck…

Here are some links to bring you luck…

In my internet travels when trying to find resources, I’m always looking for innovative, economic (okay, free) tools to make life a bit easier.  I’ve found a couple of new sites that I’ve recently stumbled across that turned out to be gems.

Credentialing scoop I wish someone would have told me

Credentialing scoop I wish someone would have told me

If you do your own facility credentialing, you know how time consuming and detailed it can be.  Keeping up with the regulations and making sure everything is current is challenging enough, then the re-credentialing process is looming before you know it. Here is some scoop […]

The power of positive leadership…a home run for the win.

The power of positive leadership…a home run for the win.

Being a good leader isn’t easy, and some days are tougher than others. It is a challenge in itself to make important judgement calls and quick correct decisions. For me, I find the one of the most challenging aspects of leadership is influencing the facility […]

Life in the OR…8 skills I forgot I had (or needed!)

Life in the OR…8 skills I forgot I had (or needed!)

I recently spent a couple of days circulating cases in the OR.  I’ve done a lot of circulating in my day, but as of late, have provided relief and breaks, but haven’t really lived the life, so to speak.  When the opportunity presented itself, I closed my […]