New Grad in OR

  1. I'm a senior in nursing school (graduating in May) in Ohio right now and ever since I've started nursing school I've had an interest in the OR. I currently work at an OR in Cincinnati but since I'm not a nurse, I don't do a lot of patient care. However, I do get to see some cool things and when I'm not busy with my regular duties (stocking, cleaning, running things to the lab, etc.), I get to sit in on surgeries and observe. There are a few nurses in my department that were hired into the OR straight out of college but I know that's not very common. Once I graduate, there is a slight possibility of me moving to California (my boyfriend of 3 years is currently living there) and I wanted to know what my chances were of a) finding a job at all and b) finding a job in the OR straight out of nursing school. The job market in Cincinnati for new grads is TERRIBLE right now. It will most likely be in the LA area as my boyfriend is currently working at a post-production facility in Hollywood. Any tips/hints would be very much appreciated!!! Thank you!
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  3. by   SLM3
    The job market in CA is terrible as well for new grads, but LA has the most jobs (compared to the bay area, Sac, etc.) for what there is. There are some new grad programs in the OR, but I would think they are fewer & farther between than other areas. Basically, there are jobs here but it's really competitive... so do some research & figure out what it's going to take. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask... I'm a new grad & I have learned a lot about the job market in my search.
  4. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    The job market sucks out here in CA. The previous poster said it perfectly, I couldn't have said it better myself. Good Luck
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