The holiday season can be especially stressful for nurses. While many are jet setting to visit family and friends throughout the holiday season, countless nurses are working long hours instead. Often, the facility is short-staffed this time of year, which means that the nurses working those undesirable shifts are having to add to their already massive workload.
In 2019, CCI was honored to present Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children with the TrueNorth Award. CCI’s TrueNorth Award recognizes facilities that use certification as a compass to guide their perioperative nurses towards being lifelong learners, models of competent practice, and advocates for excellence and patient safety.
CCI established the CNOR Certification Coaches program as an opportunity for certified nurses to become more involved with CCI, certification, and their fellow nurses. The CNOR Coaches program acts as a volunteer mentorship opportunity for nurses dedicated to helping others achieve certification in the perioperative field, thus increasing overall patient safety.
What is a CNOR Coach?
A CNOR Certification Coach is a CNOR certified nurse who truly understands the significance of certification and is committed to encouraging other nurses to pursue certification. Aside from being an advocate, they also act as a mentor, leader, and resource to their nurses. These individuals offer guidance with everything from preparing for the exam, succeeding after a failed attempt, and other general questions relating to preparing and taking the exam.
2019 is a noteworthy year at CCI because it marks the 40th anniversary of the CNOR credential. This milestone holds significant value, as it represents 40 years of continued dedication to safe, quality patient care and professional development through lifelong learning. To celebrate, we are taking a moment to reflect on the past 40 years.
History of CNOR
The journey towards CNOR certification began back in 1978 in the walls of AORN. During that time, the AORN House of Delegates of the 1978 Congress voted to provide a certification program for operating room nurses. At this time, the AORN Board of Directors appointed a Certification Council, which consisted of five AORN members and four members from associated professional nursing organizations.
The Certification Council was responsible for the development, direction, implementation, and evaluation of the entire certification process. The Certification Council introduced the CNOR Credential in 1979. As nurse Illana O. Staudigl recalls, "It was very exciting to follow the progression of the idea when it was first discussed at the AORN Congress until it became fact." The Certification Council brought in volunteer nurses to sit for the trial exam to help iron out those last-minute details. The rest is history!
Company culture refers to the shared vision, values, and behaviors that define the workplace environment. A positive company culture can make employees in your organization feel fulfilled and delighted about their job. Creating a desirable and healthy company culture is essential in any organization, but it proves to be particularly beneficial in the OR.
1. Improves Teamwork
Communication serves as a foundation for many organizations. When effectively executed, it ensures all employees can achieve the shared result successfully. The most critical component of working on a team is communication. As the saying goes, “teamwork makes the dream work.” When team members in the operating room and other healthcare professionals can communicate openly, the overall performance of the facility increases. Strong company culture encourages team members to converse openly, honestly, and work as part of the team. As stated in an article published by OR Manager, “OR staff must be encouraged to speak up to their peers, to physicians, and other healthcare colleagues without fear of being blamed” (OR Manager, 2019). A culture focused around teamwork and community makes nurses feel more connected to their peers and more fulfilled in their jobs overall.
2. Nurses Become Advocates for the Facility
Generally, people like to feel celebrated and appreciated at their job, especially when working in stressful environments like the OR. When hard work is recognized, and employees possess a sense of accomplishment, they soon become advocates for the facility. They not only contribute to the overall success of the organization, but they also promote it. The number of patients and exceptional employees engaged with the facility can increase when employees act as advocates for their organization.
3. Creates a Productive Environment
According to a survey conducted by The Alternative Board (TAB), 86% of respondents agreed that company culture helps with productivity (The Alternative Board, 2019). Productivity is impacted by company culture because of the mindset of the employees. When each member of the OR staff feels fulfilled and satisfied in their position and confident enough to communicate openly with colleagues, the environment becomes more productive. Todd Davis, the chief people officer for Franklin Covey, states, “Strong productivity is the result of many things, but at its foundation is a winning culture. The greater the culture, the more productive people will be because they are engaged. Human beings excel when they are happy and doing what they enjoy” (Harbour, 2018).
4. Employee Retention
Hiring and training new employees in any organization is a daunting and time-consuming process. In the operating room, it can be even more costly and stressful due to concerns about patient safety. Retaining quality employees is the easiest way to reduce nurse turnover and lower the need for new employee training. The overall quality and efficiency of the operating room drastically improves when most of the staff consists of experienced OR nurses. Besides, employees who stay with their employers for an extended period can contribute to strengthening the company culture.
5. Patient Safety
The most important reason for improving company culture is the overall impact it can have on patient safety. Above all else, the operating room needs to establish a culture of safety, and communication and teamwork are the foundation for that. Rachel Fields mentions in an article published by Becker’s Healthcare, “Every team member should be able to point out a problem, and every team member should pay attention when someone else speaks” (Fields, 2011). When team members feel connected, they are more likely to respect each other’s ideas and are more eager to see their colleagues succeed. Additionally, retaining employees who have more experience in the field increases safety because they have a deeper knowledge of the proper practices within the operating room and facility.
All in all, company culture shifts from facility to facility and is generally dependent upon those who make up your team. We can genuinely say that happy and fulfilled employees lead to more enjoyable and productive work environments with safer patients.
Fields, R. (2011, May 18). 6 Essential Components of a "Culture of Safety" in the Operating Room. Retrieved from Becker's Healthcare Website : https://www.beckersasc.com/asc-quality-infection-control/6-essential-components-of-a-qculture-of-safetyq-in-the-operating-room.html
Harbour, S. (2018, February 28). Company Culture is Linked to Employee Productivity . Retrieved from Workest : https://www.zenefits.com/workest/company-culture-linked-employee-productivity/
Moseley, C. (n.d.). 7 Reasons Why Organizational Culture is Important . Retrieved from Jostle : Mosblog.jostle.me/blog/why-is-organizational-culture-important
OR Manager. (2019, April 20). Culture Change: The best defense against communication failures . Retrieved from OR Manager Website : https://www.ormanager.com/culture-change-best-defense-communication-failures/
Swensen, S., & Mohta, N. (2019, April 4). Leadership Survey: Organizational Culture Is the Key to Better Health Care . Retrieved from NEJM Catalyst : https://catalyst.nejm.org/organizational-culture-better-health-care/
The Alternative Board . (2019). Pulse Survery: Business Leaders and Productivity . Retrieved from The Alternative Board Website : https://www.thealternativeboard.com/pulse-survey-business-leaders-productivity
What is the CNS-CP Credential?
The Clinical Nurse Specialist Perioperative Certification credential (CNS-CP), is designed for advanced practice registered nurses who have completed graduate preparation in the CNS role. Keeping the unique role a CNS plays in mind, this credential is centered around promoting optimal perioperative patient outcomes, which include:
Many professions in the modern era experience a high rate of change and nursing is no different. This is especially true for perioperative nurses, given the challenging environment they face in the operating room. With the continual evolution of technology and recent fluctuation in staff availability, a number of noteworthy trends have begun to develop.
CCI and U.S. Military CSSM Partnership
CCI has established a relationship with the U.S. Military to ensure all nurses are given the opportunity to develop professionally while enhancing their perioperative knowledge. CCI’s CEO James Stobinski, a former military OR nurse, has assisted CCI in developing avenues that open opportunities for military nurses. “CCI offers a combination of discounts and test preparation resources for military nurses. The discounted price of the certification examination is $275, and we also offer access to an online, recorded preparation course” says Stobinski. CCI continues to emphasize the importance of offering opportunities to these nurses and is continually looking for ways to bridge the gap. Stobinski says it best by stating, “CCI is proud to maintain a close, productive working relationship with all branches of military to facilitate their ongoing professional development”. We are proud to not only have a member of the U.S. Military as our CEO, but to also have a member on our Board of Directors and many within our community of certified nurses.
Earning your CNOR represents a deep personal commitment to nursing excellence and outstanding patient care. And that doesn’t end once you pass the exam! To demonstrate your continued competency, you may recertify your credential. Your CNOR credential is valid for a period of five years. After that time period, you may apply for recertification. Simple enough, right? Read on for some useful information on the steps to take, available methods, alternatives, and some hints and tips as you navigate the road to recertification.
National Nurses Week is quickly approaching! The celebration begins on May 6, 2019 (National Nurses Day) and continues through May 12 in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, who is well-known as the founder of modern nursing. Nurses week began in 1993, when the American Nurses Association (ANA) declared May 6 – 12 the national week to celebrate and promote the nursing profession. This week is a time for nurses, other health care providers, community leaders, and everyone in between to acknowledge the positive impact and contributions of the 4 million registered nurses in America.
You may be wondering the best way to celebrate your nurses’ during this week. In preparation for National Nurses Week, we’ve pulled together a variety of ways to ensure each nurse in your facility feels appreciated and celebrated!