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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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no expense and let nothing stand in her way. Take the wheels on every piece of rolling equipment, for example. When pressure-washing stripped away the natural lubrication from the wheels on the case carts and back tables, making maneuvering them "like trying to push the wheels through mud," Ms. Plett battled and bar- gained until she won approval to replace all the wheels. The cost: $30,000. Staff notice such above-and- beyond efforts. "People feel like she listens to them and actually gets things done for them when they bring concerns forward," says OR Supervisor Pat Sega, MSN, RN, CNOR. "She's good at pursuing important issues and not letting them drop. She sticks with it and makes sure that it gets done." There's more. Much more. Ms. Plett bought 8 (one for each OR and a spare just in case) closed fluid waste management systems so staff didn't have to handle canisters and put themselves at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. She bought personalized and fitted lead aprons for staff that work ortho and spine cases, and ordered customized ergonomic chairs for her pre-operative assessment nurses who spend most of their workdays seated, either talking on the phone or staring into a computer. Then there 6 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S O R E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S z PERFECT POSTURE Ms. Plett ordered customized ergonomic chairs for staff who sit most of the day. Pat Plett, BNRN, MS-HSA, CNOR

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