I am currently an ED nurse and I am thinking of becoming a perioperative nurse. I am considering this area of nursing to decrease the amount of stress I am experiencing in the ED. Is perioperative nursing just as stressful as the ED? I work in a rural 27 bed ED that sees 75000 patients a year. We have had several level 1 trauma nurses leave our facility because of the high pt load and the high acuity of our patients. I do not want to leave one high stressed level job for another. Has anyone made this same transition?