This is my first post on this site and I wanted to ask you guys for some advice. I searched as best I could and I didn't find anything specific to my situation. I'm a new grad with an Associates Degree in Nursing and I currently accepted a RN position in the Psych department, however, I really want to work as an OR nurse. I accepted the position to get my foot in the door as it is very difficult to find a job nowadays; I didn't want to be picky.
My questions are:
What steps should I take to prepare myself later when I'm able to switch departments? What skills, education, or experience would I need to transition into this OR position?
I've asked various people, however, I received many different answers. Most of the people I asked also didn't go through the same situation, therefore, I'm not sure what advice to take. I heard that I should transition to a Medsurg/ER/ICU position first to obtain experience there, then try applying to an OR position. I also heard of going back to school to get a Surgical Tech degree and work as a Surgical Tech to get the skills I need, then transition into the role as an OR nurse.
I'm not sure what to path to take as it all sounds very different. I'm not sure which advice to take without wasting time and money for something I probably didn't need to do in the first place. If anyone has any advice to help point me in the right direction it would be most appreciated!
Thanks for the help!