I have been a circulator in the OR for the past 4 years and I am interested in trying something new. Lately, working in endoscopy has been on my mind. Can any Endo RNs out there answer some questions for me?
What is a typical day like? Are the procedures all scheduled or are there any emergencies? Are IV starting skills necessary? (In my OR, the CRNA always starts the IV). I know all hospitals are different, but does endo usually require being on call? Working weekends? Holidays? Would my experience in surgery help me in endo?
I appreciate any response. Thank you!
Hi there...I'm just now seeing your post. I'll try to be of some assistance. I've been an Endoscopy nurse for the past 9 years but have been nursing for 21 years. A typical day for me starts at 7:45 am and our first order of business is to prepare all the IV solutions that we know we will need for our scheduled outpatient tests. Our unit does Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy and Bronchoscopy. We generally have about 55-60 Outpatient procedures booked each day. Then each nurse prepares her drugs....in our unit the nurses are certified to give all the medications and the doctors are not involved with this.
In our unit IV starting skills are essential as we prep all our patients. On a typical day each nurse would have to start about 20. We are of course all BLS certified and many of us are ACLS certified myself included. We are responsible as well for the emergency upper and lower GI bleeds, foreign bodies, etc that arrive in the emergency department and have to be able to accomodate those as required.
Yes I would say in most Endoscopy units you will be expected to assume oncall duties. We have a staff of 9 nurses and we do call 1 week (24 -7) every 9 weeks. Our call starts at 4pm on Friday and goes until 7 am the following Friday. It can make for a very busy week as we often are called back...most definitely several times on the weekend and often evenings and nights during the week as well. We are still responsible for our regular day shifts as well.....so even if you were in at 3am you would still be expected to be back for your 7:45 shift. We don't have enough staff to be replaced. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask.
Last edit by girlsptz on Sep 28, '05