Inside scoop from our experts: Nursing councils in the OR

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, February 8, 2010

This week’s question and answer come from a conversation on JourneyTalk. Our answer is provided by Noel Schafer, RN, clinical nursing director of surgical services with University Health System.

Q: Would anyone be willing to share success strategies for developing and sustaining councils for the operating room (OR). They are so challenged with variability with surgery schedules that it is hard to find consistent times to meet. Do you have any ideas on how to draw the chair of the OR council into active participation/discussions at the hospital-level council meetings as so much of the agenda topics are related to inpatient services?

A: Our OR faces similar issues. We do have several active councils in the OR: journal club, recruitment/retention, and events. The members are very active within their councils.

Our nursing staff has scheduled weekly meetings due to scheduled anesthesia and surgery meetings. The councils meet one week of the month instead of the entire group meeting. We are currently attempting to create a new surgical services council group that includes a couple of nurses from the OR, PACU, and OPS. We hope to improve communication between all areas by doing this.

The OR nurses’ activity in hospitalwide councils is a different story. Due to the schedule, it is not always easy to get the nurses to other meetings. We do, however, have several nurses who are active with safety and quality hospitalwide committees. We are working to get more nurses involved hospitalwide.

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