I am in my first semester of a 4 semester ADN nursing program, and tomorrow I will have my first opportunity to observe in the OR. I will be observing a total knee replacement surgery.
For some reason I am VERY ANXIOUS tonight! I know who the doctor is and what time the surgery is, but I was not able to get any info or history on the patient. This is VERY unlike my usual 6-8 page, 2-4 hour prep for a patient in clinicals, so perhaps that is what is causing my anxiety.
I found the thread on here with tips for observing in OR and I read them all. I am planning to get up early and eat a good breakfast with protein. I read the info in my Med/Surg book about total joint replacement and I watched a Youtube video of a total knee surgery. (It was edited - only 10 min. long but it showed all of the cutting, sawing, hammering, etc.) I even looked up possible drugs my patient might be given after surgery... I think I am about as prepared as I can be. But why am I so ANXIOUS???
I do not faint at the sight of blood. I am a bit concerned about the possible smell, but plan to bring some alcohol wipes in my pocket if I can. I have taken 2 Tylenol PM and I guess it is time for me to go to bed... I just hope I can relax in the morning.
Please share how you felt about your first OR observation and any tips for me for controlling this anxious feeling! I don't have any anxiety meds, so that is not an option...