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    Depends on why the case is long. If the surgeon drags his rear/doesn't know what they're doing (we're blessed to have one of those), then i'm wishing for a day of fast cases.

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    Part of our CPD training is OR observation, and another week-long observation once a year as an 'inservice.' It never fails, that at least one time within the week, there's an incident where the indicator strip is missing, instruments are 'lost', etc. Which then gives the observer a look at why doing their job correctly is vital, and what happens when they don't. This helped tremendously.

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    It's an anesthesia tech position from the sound of it. And they are actually allowed to do some nursing duties with it as well where i work.

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    Quote from SophiaO
    OR Pet Peeves...
    GYN surgeons who ask for my opinion....(im a surg tech with 11 yrs experience..going to nursing schoool.) Really I dont get paid enough to offer my opinions.
    Surg. tech who actually give doctors their opinion...without the doctors asking for it. YIKES!
    Nurses who string the bear hugger cord across the room..so that every time I move my back table my NACL spill all over.
    Nurses who put the kick bucket between me and my back table...so I trip over it.
    I have more ..but I will post later. Hope this made you laugh.
    PS...I work with one of the best circulators who on most days can answer the phone...the doctors phone and grabs a pager..all with a smile on her face...

    That kickbucket got kicked to the other side of my table. Aside from the risk of injury, i don't like someone stepping between me and my table to dig for sponges. I can see the buket just fine from the other side of the table, and keep my feet out of it as well.

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    Quote from SandraCVRN
    Ahhhh, the already dead fem-pop. We had something like that last week, a fem thrombectomy...2 hours later a fasciotomy, then the surgeon says, I guess we should have done that first. Dead muscle....

    PS we always prep both legs for fem-pops, fem-thrombectomies, etc for just in case.....
    Sounds like someone we used to have here that did those. Sick as it sounds, his fem-pops were called fem-pop-chops because RARELY was the pt. NOT oming back for an amputation, despite the hours of surgery.

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    12 weeks is nowhere near an appropriate length for orientation.

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    Quote from Quiara
    How hard is it to get an OR job as a new grad from a BSN program?

    Depends on the facility. Some place will hire new grads, others want prior med-surg experience.

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    Trinigal03 and nitenite like this.

    Quote from RNOTODAY
    Another: A surgeon, on the way out the door, saying "I want/need a real fast turn over time" I feel like saying, just once, "Oh good-- glad you told me, because if you hadnt, we would go for a sandwich in between cases, like we usually do"

    I stopped getting that when i replied with either "well, people in hell want ice water, also" or "well, grab a mop, and get to cleaning, this room doesn't clean by itself." I've also used this one "i'm going to PEE sometime today, and right now is a great time for me to let it loose."

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    Fridge gets cleaned at 10 pm, you either have your stuff out or it's gone. Sounds strict, but the fridge situation got ridiculous, and came down to this.

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    The way we train people is to give them the same preceptor as often as possible throughout their training. We've seen that this helps in training because 1) the preceptors have years of experience, years of problem solving, etc. 2) it helps form a 'bond' with the trainee so that they feel comfortable asking questions, voicing concerns.

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    I do indicators under the orthos. I actually cannot get over how many of my co-workers still single-glove for any procedures, yet if they learn that their current pt. has HIV or HBV, they'll double glove. I double glove simply because you DON'T know what the heck people have nowadays.

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    I'd never say that any job is easy in the OR, the OR is not where the easy jobs are.

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    Let's not forget the foghorn voice used to shut ppl up so they will listen to the Time-Out (my beginning line, which JC liked, is "Ladies and Gentlemen, i WILL have your attention NOW because this is our official Time-Out, our pt.'s name is............").

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    Makes me glad i'm not a male.

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    Outpatient surgery check-in (ASC) first, whether they are going home that day or not, that's the 'default' receiving area.


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