Tag: outpatient

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

The day I met Jeff Foxworthy by my surgery center

A couple of years ago, I was getting ready for a busy day at my surgery center.  I got up showered, dressed, ran out the door got to work, and got in my scrubs.  It was one of those early mornings that taking the extra […]

Who is Anita Dorr and why should you thank her?

Who is Anita Dorr and why should you thank her?

  This is a picture of Anita Dorr.I recently learned that it turns out that Anita started out as an OR nurse, became a nursing supervisor, then joined the Army Nurse Corps to care for the injured during World War II.  When she returned from […]

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

The Driveway Incident and the school of hard knocks…

I have a confession…I am a car girl.  I love cars, especially muscle cars.  If I win the lottery, I will buy a 60’s model GTO.  My current car isn’t  my dream car, but it is a beautiful color blue, and I treat it lovingly. […]

Feed your hungry in-service binder

Feed your hungry in-service binder

In-services.  We all know the importance of training our staff, keeping them updated and communicating regularly.  If you are like me, You swear you just had an in-service recently, go back to your records, and time has flown by.  Could that last documented in-service really have […]

When Mother Nature decides to help schedule…

When Mother Nature decides to help schedule…

  I am sure that many of us were faced with weather challenges recently.  Here in the south, we hear the words ice and snow…  bread and milk get purchased, gas tanks are filled, woodpiles are checked,and everyone rushes to get home. Similar events occur […]

The Front Desk…Manning the fort effectively

The Front Desk…Manning the fort effectively

I recently had the opportunity to review all the stuff we do at the front desk. It made me realize how important that front desk staff person is to the center.  Not only are they the facility gatekeeper, they are the worried caregiver soothers, traffic […]

Patient teaching:  Our podium is often a stretcher.

Patient teaching: Our podium is often a stretcher.

  My mom is a retired teacher.  I remember having to go to school in late summer with her so that she could set up her classroom. I loved the anticipation of it all…the fresh chalk, creating bulletin boards, and the new books. It inspired […]

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

I just love writing, reviewing, and revising policies…said no one ever!

  If you are anything like me, policy review and revision is something I tend to dread. Sometimes, there is an exhaustive thick policy book that rivals War and Peace. Sometimes, there are several books that have been divided up by category.  Always, no matter […]

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

Sharing the Hats: Delegating those non-patient care tasks.

  We have all heard it before: The key to effective management is delegation. But, if you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to let go. What if the ball gets dropped? The problem is that either can’t get it all done well, or worse, we trust […]

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

Starting Cases on time: Don’t let the pans soak…

      We can’t always get the surgeon there on time, but we can take steps to make sure we are ready when they get there.  Here are a few tips that may help all that dirty work seem a little easier and off […]