Hi, I'm not an ER nurse but an OR RN. I've been trying to get a job as a circulator to relocate to a big city but no luck so far. I'm convinced it is due to my limited professional experience (a little over a year) in the OR. I've got BA, nursing degree, foreign language skills, and three honors from nursing school
but it seems like none of them has helped.
So I decided to go to school for surgical tech instead of looking for a job as an OR nurse. I know financially it's a bad career move but it is okay by me. I like scrubbing and want to go back to OR nursing when I'm done with school. While I'm in school, I would like to work in the ER (level 1 trauma center) as a tech to gain invaluable experience and grow professionally. Don't get me wrong. I love being in the OR and I want to do whatever it takes to become a great surgical nurse. I'm positive the ER experience as a tech will help me tremendously in the OR. I also enjoy and used to working in a fast-paced environment. Most of all, I appreciate a humbling experience of saving someone's life.
I'm going to submit my resume for a tech position but I'm wondering if they would consider hiring me even with my nursing background. I'll be bummed out if they won't. I need to learn how to put the IV again but I will be able to pick up other responsibilities as a tech pretty fast from my OR nursing experience.
I'm hoping to get an interview for this job. What are your thoughts on working as an ER tech? How should I be prepared for an interview if I get one? Thank you for your help.