Yes, it gets cold at work....only if I'm standing around (which isn't for very long.) Most of the time I have to take my jacket off because I get too hot from all the running I do. (yep, even w/the temp in the 60's)
I'm wondering if your clinical 'experience' started after the pt went under anesthesia, or, if you followed the circulator to get the patient. In my experience, the TIME of patient interaction is very short. However, the QUALITY of the interaction, and the impact that a circulating nurse can make, is incredible. You see, these patients can be the most SCARED patients that you can ever interact with. They know what's coming, have not been able to sleep the night before....let alone days before, and some even think that they will not live through their procedures.
An RN can make a huge difference in the patients OR experience in just a short amount of time. I've even approached patients in the pre-op holding area that have started crying at the site of me coming for them. The interaction can be intense w/the discussion of their fears, reassuring them that they will be well taken care of, and answering their questions. We also interact w/the family: I've made quite a few phone calls from the OR to family in the waiting area that need reassurance that all is going well.
I personally don't find the OR to be boring at all. There are so many different procedures in different specialty areas, that no RN can possibly be an EXPERT in all areas. There is also new technology coming to the OR all the time that the docs and staff must learn to use.
Also, your patients will not always be under general anesthesia. I've had many patients that have had procedures, such as a breast biopsy, under local anesthesia. These patients are alert and oriented during the entire procedure....and talk w/the staff the whole time. And for the patients that are "out"....the RN has to be the ULTIMATE patient advocate......the patient has no voice of their own under anesthesia. It is our duty to remind others in the room (even the docs) that there is a patient under those drapes. Even today I had to tell a tech to raise a mayo stand off a patients' toes.....sometimes people get careless or forget. We all know what 2 hours worth of pressure in one spot can feel like, don't we???
Anyway, you can probly figure out by now that I'm pretty passionate about this area. There is so much more information about OR nursing......I just don't want to make anyone read a novel.