Thanks for the replies guys! Yes, I was thinking of KC Chick when I wrote that original message, and considered cross-posting to the OR board just so I'd know she'd read it.
jcthom, in answer to your question, yes, I will be doing a rotation in the OR next semester, but I think it's very short, and I'm not certain what role I'll get to play. This nurse tech program I'm in is a wonderful opportunity. As I understand it, this is one of the few hospitals that offer it in the country so far, but more are jumping on the bandwagon. There are other nurse tech positions out there, but in my area they are only in med-surg. While that in itself is a wonderful opportunity, I feel the OR program is more along the lines of what I want to do upon graduation. Besides, the majority of our clinical experiences are in med-surg, so I view this program as an additional, more in-depth learning opportunity in a specialized area.
Brandy, I have a feeling that you would make quite the "trauma mama" in the ER! That's an area that I would like to explore also, although I have some serious fears of the drunken, combative patient!!
My clinical instructor is an ER nurse, and she's one helluva strong woman. (mentally, that is) She is really inspiring, and her stories of "Life in the ER" always pique my interest in that area.
Angela, What aspect of the OR do you like best? Do you prefer the scrub or circ role? How cool that you got right in upon graduating! Had you considered other areas beside OR? Which ones, and why did you ultimately choose the OR?
And last but not least, to our dear KC Chick...
Whoo Hoo!!! Can you tell I'm excited?! Thanks for your encouraging words! I was literally jumping up and down with excitement when I was sharing my experiences with my friend and my hubby! They were both very excited for me. Would you mind sharing your first Sx experience with us? Was it as a student or a nurse? What was the procedure, what role did you play, and how did you feel about it?
That's about it for now guys, I look forward to your responses!