Quote from kyonguyen22
Thanks for your advices. I think I may include OR in my applications too. Is it stressful? Does OR involve a lot of contact with feces and fluids? I can't stand feces, vomit, and urine; blood is fine though. Have you been an OR nurse before? if yes, can you describe one of your typical days?
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I was an OR nurse, but for a very short time. It didn't go very well with my personality.
It all depends on what kind of OR you work in, as to your exposure to things. You might have to start quite a few indwelling catheters for urine. Feces and vomit are not too common, but accidents happen. (You'd see more vomit as a PACU or surgical floor nurse). I would take all of the poop in the world over one orthopedic surgery. (The sounds made by bones are AWFUL!)
When you get to work, if you're on a scheduled day and not on call, you see what room you have for the day, and what cases are for those rooms. Then, using that information, you see what you can do to help prepare the room and the surgeon. Sometimes you go get the patient yourself from the preop area, and you retrieve any intraop meds before the surgery begins.
You help position the patient, and help with counts...and basically, you're the one in charge of making sure sterile things stay sterile. When you're circulating, you're basically the non-sterile person, so you answer phones, do all documentation, run and get things, assist in emergencies, etc. Sometimes you will need to relieve the scrub person.
In the hospital which I worked, nurses did NOT scrub, we had scrub techs. However, we had to know had to scrub, and also how to work in sterile processing. We were staffed pretty well, so the next shift nurse would just come and relieve us even if the case was not finished. It's a different story when you're on call.
What may be helpful is looking around the OR nurse forums and also find some videos of actual surgeries.
Hope I helped! Like I said, I wasn't an OR nurse for very long at all, and my hospital was pretty much all scheduled surgeries, no transplants, no cardiac, no trauma, no peds...a medium sized community hospital very close to larger teaching institutions that did those things.