I have a question about specializing in the OR. Is there anyone out there that has ever run into a problem where they got sick or passed out in the OR. I am a little scared that something like a smell or something weird might hit me wrong and I might have a dumb moment and get ill. Or is this something that with time you just get over?
Apr 1, '00
Hi Brandi, This anxiety is common to all of us and the fact is that some of us do faint BUT (barring head injury) this is usually a survivable event.
Instructors preparing students for the OR realize that students may more often faint if they are hungry or thirsty, so I think we were told to come fed and hydrated. Students should have some preparation for what they will see and so I think I remember instructors just describing some of the sights sounds and smells of the OR. In fact, this is a time when depersonalization is useful and to focus on applying your anatomy or on the mechanics of the surgery is helpful. Our instructors said if the OR was overwhelming you, to shift your focus to what the anesthesiologist was doing OR to the circulating nurse's activities and to not be afraid to leave the room if you need to. Fact is, most of us survive the event.
I got whoozy watching a T & A because ether was being used (combo of old nurse and older anesthesiologist) and I left under my own steam and that was not my first surgery. To this day, facial trauma grosses me out, but functionally, you just find something that needs doing and you do it and that helps.
Apr 1, '00
Hello. When I was a student nurse one of the surgeons in OR actually "passed out" during surgery! He didn't eat breakfast that day & hey, he's only human! :-) LOL! I agree w/ the last post- make sure you are well rested and well fed. If you feel "nervous" focus on something else for a bit. Remember to have a slight bend in your knees (don't lock your legs out of nervousness) and to breathe deep (don't hyperventilate). Good luck! I wish you every measure of success.
Jun 6, '00
Hi Brandi! I too had the same worry before I went to OR. And I actually did good. I didn't get sick! In fact it was the best clinical rotation I did last semester. Good luck!
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