Soooo, you're observing in the Operating Room (O.R.)... - page 4

A couple of tips and such to help: Dress Code: Give some serious thought into what attire you will wear into that dept. if you're allowed to wear something other than your clinical outfit on... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The mask tones some of it down, but you still smell it.

    Infected toes, feet and such, just depends. I usually chew a big wad of peppermint gum during those cases.
  2. by   elizabells
    When I observed a CSection, the smell of the cautery definitely gave me pause. Honestly, the whole thing got to me more than I thought it would. The blood through the suction...oh lord. Don't feel bad if it icks you out! Doesn't make you a bad person/nurse.
  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from elizabells
    Don't feel bad if it icks you out! Doesn't make you a bad person/nurse.

    Very true...not everyone is meant to be in the OR.

    That's where I've always wanted to be, but now, realistically, I'm not sure if I can handle it.

    I've lost some toughness with age I guess. :chuckle
  4. by   elizabells
    Lots of my friends think I'm NUTS for loving the NICU, and I could never handle geri. The world would be very boring if we were all the same. Also, not everyone would have a nurse.
  5. by   azhiker96
    There are many areas of nursing which is great. I am leaning towards surgery or ED. I am pretty sure I don't want OB but that could change after I do that clinical rotation in a few weeks.
  6. by   atiam3
    Yeah, I agree with the rest. Those were great tips and reminders. This info would really be a great help for first time OR observers. Reading your post made me remember the first time I stepped in the OR and the feeling was really different, seems that there was no room for mistakes. Fortunately I was able to adjust right away until I got the hang of it. Thanks for that wonderful info you shared. Keep it up.
  7. by   Sora_star
    hi, this is useful especially now that i'am exposed for our OR rotation. our group is on the night duty .
    it is nice to have OR rotation because you can learn many things and experience saving lives!!!!!!

    THANKS!!!!!
  8. by   Daytonite
    an interesting link to read about the or and sterile techniques:

    http://64.78.42.182/free-ed/healthca...ry/default.asp - surgery room procedures from free-ed.net. a basic introduction to what goes on in the or and primarily focuses on the duties of the scrub nurse who is working in the sterile field.
  9. by   Pbe
    I remember my OR visit. We only got to do one day. I wish we could have gotten more time. I loved it. I got to see or shall I say I was in the room for a heart bypass surgery. I didnt get to see much of anything because of the sterile field but I still thought it was pretty cool just to be in there.
  10. by   bigtex
    And listen because I was so intrested in what was going on at the table I forgot to breathe, which isnt a good thing...so remeber to not hold your breath...But it is pretty cool.
  11. by   Dragonnurse
    thank you!!!
    i will remember this forever and teach my juniors too.....
  12. by   stnurse2008
    Excellent post those things are all important. I had my OR rotation a couple of months ago and those are all things that you need to know. Very complete list. About the passing out, I had one doctor tell me if I started to feel funny to sit down on the floor because it was a long hard fall. I thought that was kind of funny so you know that it happens (fortunately I did not have to utilize his advise)
  13. by   bloodytom
    passing out in the OR is something anyone can overcome. it really doesnt feel good at first but anyone can get used to it after several exposures.blood or open tissue doesnt bother me at all now

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