Hi all. I started out as a MedSurg floor nurse for about a year... then got hired into the circulator position in an OR that specializes in heart surgery. I am finishing up six months of orientation. While OR is exciting, I miss being more involved in patient care. I don't want to go back to being a nurse on the floor, but I feel that working in a hospital's GI lab would bring a happy medium between patient care and the feel of an OR (being in the procedure room).
I guess what I'm wondering is how much is being in the GI lab like being in the OR? is there counting of any sort (the thing I dislike most about being in the OR)? labeling and sending specimens? I have my phone interview coming up this week. I am ACLS certified. Will I have a hard time transitioning into GI lab? How long is training typically? Is there a tense scrub techs vs nurses atmosphere in the GI lab (between nurses and endo techs) like I've noticed there being in the OR? Any info and insight appreciated