A Reference Guide to the Essentials of Nursing Leadership and Management

Whether you’ve worked your way up from scrub tech, or joined directly from a hospital or health system Operating Room team, starting out as an ASC administrator means getting up to speed on everything from fire drills to claims management. While no one’s expecting expertise in every area overnight, here are some resources to help you navigate the road ahead. Think of it as your primer on nursing leadership and management.

Some of these offer CE credit, and wherever available, we provide the applicable hours earned.

Administrator Skills Training

Subject Matter

Resource

Resource Format

ASC Administrator Training Live, ASC Administrator Skills Course, Infection Prevention, Accounting, etc.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Live and online courses

Perioperative patient safety, pain management, discharge education, etc.

CE courses via nurse.com, accredited jointly by ANCC, ACCME, and ACPE

Online

Achieving Accreditation, Peer Review & Internal Benchmarking

Accreditation is the baseline, but AAHC has a range of courses offered 24/7. 

Online, self-paced

Quality reporting, strategic planning, etc. Goehle focuses on management of freestanding ASCs

ASC Podcast with John Goehle

Podcast

Supply Chain/Inventory Management

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit?

Engaging Your Supply Chain Resource to Gain Understanding and Provide Leadership

Online: recorded webinar

See Details

Tips, tools for managing ambulatory/outpatient facility supply chain

This article from Healthcare Purchasing News is from 2018, but its advice is evergreen.

No

The Role of Supply Chain Management in Healthcare

Online; RevCycle Intelligence, a daily publication, has regular insights on a range of finance and supply chain management issues. Here’s one example.

N.A.

Find Sanity by Optimizing Your ASC’s Inventory Management 

Blog Post

N.A.

ASC Administrator Training Live, ASC Administrator Skills Course, Infection Prevention, Accounting, etc.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

N.A.

 

Perioperative patient safety, pain management, discharge education, etc.

CE courses via nurse.com, accredited jointly by ANCC, ACCME, and ACPE

N.A.

Achieving Accreditation, Peer Review & Internal Benchmarking

Accreditation is the baseline, but AAHC has a range of courses offered 24/7. 

N.A.

 

Quality reporting, strategic planning, etc. Goehle focuses on management of freestanding ASCs

ASC Podcast with John Goehle

N.A.

 

Supply Chain/Inventory Management

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit?

Engaging Your Supply Chain Resource to Gain Understanding and Provide Leadership

Online: recorded webinar

See Details

Tips, tools for managing ambulatory/outpatient facility supply chain

This article from Healthcare Purchasing News is from 2018, but its advice is evergreen.

N.A.

The Role of Supply Chain Management in Healthcare

Online; RevCycle Intelligence, a daily publication, has regular insights on a range of finance and supply chain management issues. Here’s one example.

N.A.

Find Sanity by Optimizing Your ASC’s Inventory Management 

Blog Post

N.A.

 

Finance/Accounting

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit?

Finance and Accounting for ASCs, 4th Edition

- updated for 2019; Everything you need to know to protect the financial health of your ASC.

Book - hardback or paperback - from the the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

N.A.

Finance and Business Skills for Nurse Managers, from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

Conference  - Next program is 10/21/19

7.0 continuing nursing education contact hours

Nursing Economics Podcast; it’s based on many of the articles published in Nursing Economics

Podcast

N.A.

The Future of ASC Claims Management

Blog Post

N.A.

Are Surgery Centers Ready for High Deductible Health Plans?

Article from Simplify CEO David Howerton

N.A.

 

 

Managing People

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit?

Nursing Leadership and Management CE Courses

Online - emphasis on communication, managing conflicts, delegation, etc. Yes
Nurse Manager Institute; currently sold out, but AONL has a number of nurse management education and training options 3-day interactive program 17.5 CE credits
The Tactics Your ASC Needs to Improve Nursing Time Management Blog N/A

Time Management in Nursing Leadership

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit?

Time Management Nursing - Top 10 Tips

Blog

N.A.

The Tactics Your ASC Needs to Improve Nursing Time Management

Blog

N.A.

 

Leadership

Resource

Resource Format

CE Credit

10 Books Every Nurse Leader Must Red

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers,” said Harry Truman. A great list of some of the best leadership books ever.

N.A.

Nursing Leadership: Management and Leadership Styles

White paper from American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC)

N.A.

Nurse Manager vs. Nurse Leader: What’s the Difference?

Blog post

As mentioned above, this site offers an array of online courses, but the blogs are equally informative, and point toward further leadership resources.

N.A.

10 Habits of Highly Effective Surgery Center Administrators

Blog post

N.A.

 

Like RevCycle Intelligence listed above, there are a number of healthcare trade media resources that offer valuable insights for improving ASC leadership skills. While there are dozens of titles out there, here are the ones that earn the highest marks for providing consistent, high-quality information that can help you do your job better.

 

ASC and/or Nurse Leaderhsip-Specific

General Healthcare

When You Need a Chuckle

ASC Focus — the monthly publication from ASCA

Kaiser Health News

GomerBlog - this satirical site (think “The Onion” for healthcare), featuring articles like “Nurse Confines Fidgety Med Student to Bouncy Seat,” might be the best thing to provide a temporary break from the crazy.

Becker’s ASC Review

Modern Healthcare

 

EHRIntelligence

STAT

 

Health Data Management

 

 

Outpatient Surgery — monthly publication of AORN

 

 

RevCycle Intelligence

   

 

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