Ok.. my question, short and sweet is : What is the major differences (pros and cons) between working as an OR nurse in a pediatric OR vs Adult OR?
And if you have the time and interest to read personal details then you can find them below
I have interests in working in the OR, i've spent a summer as an extern and enjoyed the experience. I was recently offered a position in the OR that I externed, but have not yet accepted.. I have a good possibility of being offered a job at much larger hospital (which is technically comprised of 5 hospitals).. I met with the recruiter of the 5 main hospitals and my interview went well, and my references were checked. I now have to proceed to the next step which is to interview with the specific nurse manager of the floor that I want to work on. Following my first interview the nurse recruiter shared her opinion with me that I may be better suited for the OR in their pediatric hospital because I am soft-spoken and mentioned that I was very stressed out in my first job as a new grad (6 months on an adult ortho floor). She told me that there are some very "assertive" (aka rude) surgeons and the environment in the hospital I was interested in is more stressful since they receive most of the traumas in my city. I have never really given thought to pediatric nursing.. but am wondering if there is a big difference when it comes to OR nursing? I'm hesitant to accept the job because OR nursing is such a different environment, and to add a population that I only barely touched upon during one clinical rotation? I have to make this decision by tomorrow! yikes.
if anyone can lend me their input, i'd appreciate it!