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Thumbs Up on Safety Scalpels - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - May 2019

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2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A Y 2 0 1 9 W e're told we are part of a surgery team. But how much teamwork actually happens where you work? OR nurses are known for being tough, smart, no-nonsense, bottom-line kind of people. After all, we have to "get 'em in, get 'em out," while providing safe, quali- ty care. Doctors are tapping their feet to get the cases going and administration is analyzing turnover times. It's stressful. And the surgical environment does not lend itself to collabora- tion. Here are 5 strategies to create an environ- ment where, at least most of the time, we can all just get along. It starts with the team. Every member of the team influences how the team works. I think I have a pretty good gut instinct. You know, that second sense that will shoot red flags of "Warning! Warning!" when something doesn't feel quite right. Some flags are eas- ier than others to see. And some you don't see until it's too late. I've had candidates who aced the interview. I checked references, even with a few people who we knew. No red flags. Or at least I couldn't see them. I hired a manager who fit this profile. Several months later she overstepped her position more than once and then I saw the red flags. I realized I couldn't trust her, and her colleagues relayed to me they could not trust her. After one of her oversteppings, she offered her resignation. The mentoring side of me thought I could 1 Staffing Kathy Williams Beydler, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC • ALL IN THIS TOGETHER As a famous coach once said: "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." Can't We All Just Get Along? 5 strategies to foster better teamwork.

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