nursgirl 5,215 Views
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Critical Care, Operating Room
I'm wondering the same thing about taking 3 courses at a time. I'm currently off work for at least 6-8 months after an injury so this would be a great time to tackle as many classes as I can.
I also worked OR and home health and hated the call and felt burned out as well. I think the OR *can be* a high burnout environment. I transferred to the ER for a totally different experience and enjoyed it and learned a lot, now I'm heading back to school full time to pursue an MSN and possibly go into Nursing Informatics (haven't decided for sure yet). I'd suggest transferring to a different type of nursing or maybe go back to school before totally giving up on nursing??
Did you end up starting the RN to MSN at Wilkes?
I'm looking into it right now as well, did you decide to attend?
not sad at all! it is part of my journey and I'm so grateful to be back! ������
I was clean and sober for 9 years through AA and LOVED my recovery.. then got pregnant and had severe HG with multiple hospitalizations and drifted away from meetings and my sponsor. I went back to work when my son was 6 weeks old and felt like I was doing fine and maybe I didn't need meetings.. LOL I transferred to ER and got injured at work. I was given Valium and Norco for a back injury and because I wasn't staying active in my recovery it never occurred to me to stay accountable.. my addiction kicked in and I started diverting narcotics at work. I knew it was insane on some level but I was already sick in my addiction. Just last week I finally turned myself in to my management and diversion.. and stopped using. I have 8 days clean and sober today. I'm just starting the process with CA diversion (intake appt is this week) and am going to meetings and in treatment. Working with a sponsor again. GOD I feel so relieved!!! I kept trying to quit but I couldn't until I surrendered everything.. if anyone has any words of wisdom about the diversion process in California is appreciate any advice. I feel so blessed to be alive and sober today! I'm so grateful that diversion exists for us!
Hi all! I've been a nurse about 6 years but just got hired for a new job in the ER in a level 1 trauma center and I'm looking for suggestions for what to brush up on.. what sorts of things do you see/do a lot of in ER? I know they'll give me some protocols as part of training but I'd like to prepare if I can. I have a couple yrs experience in ICU and OR but I've never worked ER and I know it's a whole different world! oh and I should add I'll be working both adult and pediatric ER.
ummm well I was asked all the typical questions such as "why do you want to work in the OR?" and "why do you want to work for this facility?". I was also asked if I would be able to be at work and clocked in within 30 minutes of receiving a page if I was on call. They asked me to describe a time when I was in conflict with a coworker or did not agree with their actions, how did I handle it, etc... lots of different questions where I was asked to basically tell them a story about a time that x/y/z happened and how did I handle it...
I was interviewed by the manager, then went to a separate room and was interviewed by a representative from HR, and then by the OR educator. The whole process took about 1 1/2 hrs..
our training to this point has been general to OR and as we go along I'm told we will be assigned to a specialty and then will have more training within that specialty.
oh I should add that as we go along in our training we will eventually be assigned to a specialty....
thank you for your input Monica08!! I got the job and started this last Monday. So far I LOVE it.. of course I am still in the beginning stages of training with the 3 other RNs that got hired with me. We are training to circulate first and eventually will be trained to scrub. It is a HUGE OR where I work.. it took most of the week for us just to be able to get used to it and find our way around LOL It is like a giant maze of OR suites and supply rooms and anesthesia rooms and perfusionist rooms.
I was thrilled to get to observe and help out in 4 open heart surgeries yesterday. I'm sure for many of you that is something you've seen many times and are used to but for a nurse like me who is new to the OR it was awe inspiring!! I am constantly amazed at the coordination among all the various team members in the OR. I have learned so much in just this first week that it feels like my head might explode. LOL
I am loving every minute of it and will be mindful of your advice to not take things personally!
I've been in ICU for a couple yrs... I'm not sure about the periop program, I just know that the manager did tell me over the phone that there is typically 6 months orientation for someone with no OR experience, possibly more and it's tailored to the individual.
I have been working in a community hospital ICU and have an interview this week for a position as an OR nurse in a level 1 trauma center. I'm very excited and would really like to make the transition.
I'm hoping there are some ICU to OR nurses out there who can share their advice/wisdom with me. The closest I've been to OR nursing was a brief stint in nursing school clinicals and the bedside procedures we do in ICU. Can any of you paint me a picture of a typical day?
TIA for any input!
I work ICU and started there as a new grad. I agree that it depends on the nurse and the training/support provided. My hospital provided excellent training and preceptorship.. but I also had to put in the work and that first year was pretty stressful. EVERY night after a shift I would go home with a little piece of note paper to look up all the questions I had thought of throughout the day so that I could be sure I understood the answers and rationales. I still do that. I work with some excellent veteran RNs and NPs who LOVE to teach and are amazingly knowledgeable. I think if you have a passion for critical care and are willing to put in the work AND have people who are willing to pass along their experience, then it can be a great experience!!
move to southern CA.. plenty of jobs for EXPERIENCED ER nurses!
LOVE the show!!!!!! and yes, it is inaccurate but if they made a tv show that was an accurate portrayal of a 12 hour shift no one would watch it. LOL never tried the scrubs...
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