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Joined: Oct 20, '08; Posts: 158 (44% Liked) ; Likes: 246
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Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in OR

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    Fast forward 3 years and the title to this thread could be: "Failed NCLEX 3 times"

    Sometimes its not meant to be, and decreasing the standard isn't the solution either. Just because its your desire to be a nurse doesn't mean that can be the reality.

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    You know you're an OR nurse when you "dance" with all the surgeons in the hospital, and its no big deal

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    nurse.j. likes this.

    Quote from Wave Watcher
    I am an advocate for school nursing. :-) Hours are great and you get holidays, summer break, winter break, snow days off with pay. I worked 12 hr - 3 day shifts.... I am not jealous of anyone who works would take me at least one of my days off to recoup from the last 3 days working the floor.
    THIS! I worked 3 12's and with kids I found it impossible! I know most nurses are a fan of the 12 hour shifts, but it was brutal for me and my husband. I found myself not seeing my kids for 3 days a week, and that was not acceptable! Also, it was hard on my marriage to be gone every other weekend and leave the kids home with dad (who works hard during the week and now stuck with kids and no help on the weekends). I asked a lot of people before I switched to 5 8's and all my nursing friends would tell me that 3 12's are the way to go, you get so much time off with your kids, yada yada yada. But, in reality, I was so burnt out from those 3 shifts and the weekends were killer on me. I thought it would be better for my kids to be in daycare and have a SANE mother and a healthy marriage. Best decision I ever made!! I switched to the OR where I took call one weekend a month, which was fine with me! Getting weekends free and being able to be home EVERY night for my kids made such a difference in my attitude and mental health! I say, try 5 8's! Thats the best thing about nursing, you can switch around till you find something you like! Don't stay in a job that you hate...its not worth it!

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    My hospital has predominately AA in all facets (housekeeping, nursing, techs etc.), and I am a minority as white. From talking with my coworkers, they have not experienced any prejudices in our workplace but my community is very diverse in Florida. I'm sure it happens in other places though!

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    Just.Blessed.RN likes this.

    A bunch of little things I guess. Some examples:
    - gastric ulcers in smokers (seen those suckers perforate, always in a smoker!)
    - same thing with bladder cancer (smoking=bad)
    - people in my class were stressing over learning musculoskeletal diseases but I have seen many carpal tunnels, De'Quervains, Dupytren's contracture, rotator cuff repairs, Hammer toes, ACL repairs, etc. Seeing the inside of joints on arthoscopy made my life much easier learning that section!
    - S/S of an acute abdomen
    - S/S AAA and what to do (get to the OR stat!)

    I could go on, but you probably get it. Never underestimate what the OR can teach you. I am now trying to look understand lab values on my patients and how they relate to their diagnosis (ex. WBC levels with appendicits). Being in the OR provides me the time to only have one patient at a time so I can really look at their PMH and diagnostic values to try to make some sense out of it. I don't think I want to work in the OR as an NP but I can definitely see how my OR experience will translate into primary care. Don't worry, you will be a rock star, especially when it comes to suturing class .

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    schnookimz likes this.

    Hello! OR nurse here halfway through a FNP program. Worked Med-surg 2 years before coming to the OR where I have been the past 6 years. My FNP program is very well regarded in the community and last semester we had 5 people fail in Health Assessment; its a very difficult program. I have a 4.0, all A's so far. There are SOOOO many ways being an OR nurse will help you in NP school. I was in your shoes not too long ago, I was very hesitant in going back to school because everyone told me that I needed to be working on the floor because working in the OR wont teach you anything, please don't believe them! It's really a whole new ballgame with NP, a new role and new way of looking at patients. Working on the floor may help, but it hasn't made a bit of difference for me. (2 of the girls who failed last semester worked PCU and med-surg. Not married and no kids. I work in the OR AND have kids. It can be done!)

    Plus when I get to be in a long case, I can whip out my notes and study at work

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    This was a funny post to read! Finally, someone with a sense of humor!!

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    SE_BSN_RN and Lillian11 like this.

    I've done every shift with babies/kids at home. I started out with 3 12's and HATED IT. Couldn't get away fast enough. I found that working every other weekend was especially hard on my marriage because my husband always felt like he didn't get a break when I worked on the weekends and I felt like I didn't get a break on my days off because I was so exhausted. I figured a happy marriage is better for a child than an unhappy one so I went to the OR and worked 5 8's (7-3). I found this schedule to be the best for my kids because my husband dropped them off at 8:30 and I picked them up at 3:30 every day. Plus it was much better for our marriage to have weekends off together. I now work part time 3 10's and like that even better. Part time is amazing. Good luck! You'll figure out what works best for your situation! Many people told me that 3 12's are the best with small kids at home but I didn't like it because there were 3 days in the week I didn't get to see my kids at all (bedtime is 7:45)! That was harder for me!

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    Esme12 likes this.

    I would tell them my husband unexpectedly lost his job and I am now the sole income earner for the family. I guess that's why people are so secretive about their home life at work! They can't discriminate on what they don't know....

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    OR circulator here! I had to go on bedrest with my first pregnancy because the OR life was crazy. I remember having to get on my hands and knees and push a pedal to the doctors feet, with lead on, and honestly thinking that I couldn't get up...I had to crawl to a cabinet and hoist myself up! I ended up with preeclampsia and a very small baby. My perinatologist told me that there is a recent journal article that followed OR residents who were pregnant. Their babies were smaller than the normal population, suggested cause was the stress and "on your feet" culture of the OR. When surgeons would complain that their turn-over time was too long, I would glare at them and say "I only have two speeds today, slow and slower. You pick."

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    Mully, Soon2bAGNP, ChrisRN75495, and 1 other like this.

    I have to pay a $110 fee for taking an online class.....and then a $200 parking permit fee every semester!
    If I am taking an online class, why do I need a parking permit??

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    PLEASE COME TO MY HOUSE!!!! Great company idea!

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    Bortaz, RN likes this.

    O.M.G. I live in south Florida and its currently 80 degrees outside. I cannot even imagine what I would do if the temp was below 0. I am so sorry!!

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    Our indicators are put on the outside so that as soon as the nurses opened the tray it can be verified before the scrub even picks it up. We also have a rule where we open all trays before bringing the patient in the room as opening 10+ instrument trays can be very loud and confusing for the patient (especially if they are just under spinal).