I agree with nursebetti 100%, I too started out as an OR tech, got wonderful experience and found the job chanllenging. I went to nursing school thinking that I would become an OR nurse. Once I got into nursing school I realized that there are many areas in nursing to choose from. In the OR you will be on the cutting edge of technology, and learn much about how the body, functions and heals. The surgeons can be wonderful teachers, you will learn a lot of organizational skills, and working as an important member of a team.
On the down side, you will function primarily in the scrub role, get paid less wages, and have less open room for advancement. I have heard that some Surgical tech programs are two years now and when a candidate graduates from this type of program they can also function in a circulator role. Not too sure I agree with that. But, look at the program and think about what you want your options to be. Like nursebetti said nurses can scrub too, and
have more options open to them.
I didn't go back to the OR after graduation, and I found that I liked ER more. I worked on a med/resp floor for one year for experience and am getting ready to start my first job in the ER. I was truely grateful that I had surgical tech experience because when the patients I took care of came back from surgery I had a good understanding of what their experience was.
I do admit I miss scrubbing often!!!!
Goodluck in your decision and keep us posted.