Need advice about switching specialties

  1. Hello, everyone!

    I am new to allnurses- hoping to make some new friends and maybe garner some advice about changing specialties within nursing.

    I have been a RN for almost 5 years. I live on the west coast of Florida. I am experienced in labor and delivery and NICU. I recently started in the home health arena to take a break from the hospital setting doing some per diem work with the hopes of beginning a career as a perioperative nurse (I have circulating experience from L&D).

    I am mostly interested in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for children and adolescents (cleft palates, etc...). I have had no luck in finding a hospital willing to train me into the OR or even a perioperative class available to take so I can get my foot in the door. It seems that most hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers want someone with experience.

    Can anyone offer me some advice on where to begin? I would greatly appreciate your insight!
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  3. by   HarryPotter
    Quote from c_shell22
    hello, everyone!

    i am new to allnurses- hoping to make some new friends and maybe garner some advice about changing specialties within nursing.

    i have been a rn for almost 5 years. i live on the west coast of florida. i am experienced in labor and delivery and nicu. i recently started in the home health arena to take a break from the hospital setting doing some per diem work with the hopes of beginning a career as a perioperative nurse (i have circulating experience from l&d).

    i am mostly interested in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for children and adolescents (cleft palates, etc...). i have had no luck in finding a hospital willing to train me into the or or even a perioperative class available to take so i can get my foot in the door. it seems that most hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers want someone with experience.

    can anyone offer me some advice on where to begin? i would greatly













    appreciate your insight!
    georgia1plum

    hi there. no advise for u really except to see if maybe ther are some volujteer ositions u could gert to get eperience. maybe with the red cross or...
  4. by   ProfRN4
    No advice either, but I can share in your pain. I, too am looking to change specialties, and have inquired about OR positions, with no luck. I've pretty much given up. I've been a nurse for over 10 yrs, and all I hear is "Sorry, we're only taking nurses with xyz experience". It's very frustrating.
  5. by   shodobe
    I don't know about Fla, but in Calif there are a few hospitals that have their own Perioperative training program. These were set-up to take care of the problem you are running into, a lack of experienced OR nurses. I have heard and read the same thing over and over, "we only want experienced OR nurses, we don't have the time, money or staff to train anyone"! This, IMHO, is just a cop out and hospitals are only hurting themselves with this attitude. OR nurses are one of the few specialties where they usually stay put. I have worked here for 28 years, another co-worker has been here 35 years and the rest have been here 10 years or more. When we do have an opening, we will hire and train. I know it is frustrating for RNs who want to go into Perioperative nursing only to be told NO! If you can't move or live in an area where there are only a few hospitals to choose from, it can be frustrating. Persistence and patience is the only answer and I know this is not an answer you want to hear. Good luck and keep at it, you never know when you will find someone who is willing to take a chance on you. Mike
  6. by   Mermaid4
    No no! Come back to labor and delivery~ We need the help! Just kidding, not about needing the help but what an interesting change of pace. I hope it works out for you. Keep us posted.
  7. by   maybe changing
    i am looking to see what people think about my potential switch, too. i have 10 years experience in L&D and high risk antepartum nursing, but want to switch to a cardiac step down unit. my hospital is willing to train me once i have accepted a position, but i am unsure if i even want to do it... major sickness, tubes, wires, drains, vents...
    people who have other experience besides L&D say i should try it and that i can always go back with more knowledge under my belt. i am looking to learn something new, but shold i do something else before i hop into the critical care setting???

    to the person looking to get into perioperative nursing. there are hospitals that have mini residencies for nurses. keep looking.

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