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OPERATING ROOMS: Staff turnover rates, U.S. 2017

Staff turnover rates in U.S. hospitals have remained about the same for the past few years, according to this survey conducted in the spring of 2017.  A total of 338 responses were received from OR managers.  Here are the findings for turnover:

  • 9.7 percent (average turnover rate for RNs in the OR)
  • 8.2 percent (average turnover rate for surgical technologists)

Staff turnover in this survey was defined as “the percentage of staff who have left and been replaced in the past 12 months).

Source: Saver, C. (2017, September). Survey: Surgical volume creeps up amid scramble for new staff. OR Manager, 33(9), 1, 9-11, 13.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.ormanager.com/survey-surgical-volume-creeps-up-amid-scramble-for-new-staff/  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

OPERATING ROOMS: RN turnover rate 6.4 percent (mean)

I always enjoy OR Manager magazine’s surveys.  This one had responses from 155 hospital OR directors, who took the survey in Spring 2013.  Here’s some of the items that they report data about (remember that these are all questions geared to the surgical suite):

  • How tough is it to recruit nurses?
  • Percent of FTE positions open
  • Number of open FTE positions
  • Number of weeks positions have been open
  • Staff TURNOVER rate (by type of facility and region)
  • Percentage that use agency or travel nurses
  • Use of overtime
  • Do surgical techs circulate?
  • RATIO of RNs to SURGICAL TECHS
  • How has the economy affected staffing?

For some of these — comparative data are given for 2013, 2011, 2009, and 2007.

Source:  Survey finds staffing patterns stable but positions hard to fill.  OR Manager;29(9):1, 7-10, Sept. 2013.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.ormanager.com/   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-20