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Joined: May 28, '13; Posts: 11 (45% Liked) ; Likes: 8
Main OR RN-BSN; from US
Specialty: Operating Room

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    blaundee likes this.


    I am a brand new graduate and am starting in the OR. Talk about overwhelming! I have only been here 6 weeks but I do feel like I am getting there. I know it is probably weird getting advice from a brand new nurse, but I just wanted to tell you first of all, the OR is an animal and you will tame it eventually. I have been very lucky to have a very knowledgable preceptor that is very nice and treats me very well, and I have her all the time other than when she is in the charge role. Then whenever I get put with anyone else they are all incredible too. I work in a very large OR and we have a large staff, but everyone is very encouraging and helpful, I think that makes a huge difference. Its really unfortunet that you are in the situation you are in because having a good preceptor and orientation is what is going to make the difference for how well you do in the OR.

    There are 2 things I would suggest in hopefully turning your situation around a little. First, if your preceptors are going to the charge nurse without talking to you about things, I would ask after each case or in the middle if you have time "how am I doing, is there anything you can point out to me to correct next time for this specific case?" Try and beat them to the punch and create that dialog, so if they say you did something wrong to your charge you can say that you ask each time for feedback and guidance. The other thing I would suggest is to remember that you are an experienced RN. You can delegate even though you are in training. You are licensed to do so. If you are up at the head of the bed and are helping with intubation, ask politly for your preceptor to plug in your SCDs if you know they need plugged in at that time. I am a brand new nurse and I still delegate certain tasks if I know things need to be moving along quickly and I cant do everything at once. The OR especially is a very team oriented atmosphere, delegating and working together is a sign of a competent team.

    The only other thing I can say is if they keep saying you "dont listen" try to verbalize your understanding of things. Ask for clarification if you need it, or simply repeat back to them what they want you to do, just so they know that you know. Hopefully if you open a line of communication more things will work out on there own.

    Good Luck!

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    I am a RN in the Main OR and we recently recieved our ticker scores and one area we are severly lacking in is "Patient felt involved in their care." This is relating to from the Holding area into the actual Operating Room. I understand how it can come off to our patients that they are not as involved because everything is so specialized and has to go a certain way in a certain order. However, I am on a Unit Based Council and am looking for suggestions to bring to our meeting as to how we can improve these scores specifically.

    Things you say or ask specifically in these areas to help the patient be and feel more involved. Anything relating to evidence based practice would be awesome. But any suggestions will help. Im looking to just take a bunch of ideas and figure out what will work for our facility.


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    Quote from umslalum

    I just graduated in May as well in will be starting a residency in July. I am so excited for us! Have you taken boards yet?
    Yes I just took them and passed! I start a week from today! Good luck in July!

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    loriangel14 likes this.

    Most nursing schools have a set curriculum for when and what classes to take. I would look into a school with specific nursing tutors. The school I went to had a ton of after hours help in both pre-reqs and actual nursing courses, writing centers, nursing groups, etc. If you find a school with a good support system and use the reasources that are available you should be able to make it work.

    Good Luck!

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    carolinapooh and Carson13 like this.

    I just graduated with my BSN from Ball State University. We did have a slide show at the beginning with a baby picture then our pinning picture, along with that our class voted to have thank you quotes along with our pictures. We all loved it

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    Jay406, Kali_Dreams, and kstrac13 like this.

    Hello! I am 22 and just graduated from with my BSN. I started a 4 year BSN track right out of high school when I was 18. I worked 36-40 hours a week the whole time, but I do not have kids. It was a ton of work but I loved every minute of it (for the most part lol). So even at a young age it is definitely intimidating but so worth it you can do it!

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    I applied for about 10 positions, to which I got a response from maybe 6. I was offered a position on my dream unit and accepted, obviously. Im in Indiana, there are really no hiring troubles here, I have my BSN and graduated with a class of 85, to which many are already finding jobs not even a month post-graduation. It must really depend on where you live.

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    How many classes did you retake not just in nursing school but also during your prereqs? What were these classes?

    -I had to retake 2 classes. One was a pre-rec english class, for a family illness I was unable to complete a large project thus had to withdraw and retake. Then the other was Nursing Research, part of my nursing courses.

    Did you take any remedial classes? Or pre-prep course ?

    -I did not take any remedial courses or preps

    How long did it take for you to complete nursing school? and what kind of degree did you receive?

    -It took me 4 years straight through, I earned a BSN

    How long did it take for your to finish your pre-reqs?

    -It took me 3 semesters to earn my pre-reqs. I also earned a minor in Psych, I took some classes over the summer.

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    gypsyd8 likes this.


    I have not read the 52 other posts associated with your so I appologize if I repeat anything.

    I just want to tell you that you are right, nursing school sucks, the way people (patients/nurses/instructors) treat you sucks, the feeling of anxiety all the time sucks. It also sounds like you have a complete lack of support.

    I just graduated in at the beginning of this month and can relate to everything you have said. I have been offered and accepted a position as an OR nurse, straight out of school, into the specialty that I could only dream of. SO that whole "you need at least 2 years med-surge blah blah" is a bunch of nonsense. It mostly sounds like you need to step back and find what it is that you are passionate about, then go for it. You need to remember that this is your life, and your career.

    I would also reccomend doing some volunteer work, i know you dont have time, but im talking like 4hrs a week in the area you think you may be interested in to see if there is something that will "light your fire"

    Keep your head up

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    Thank Yyou Im from a small town near Fort Wayne, Indiana. I just graduated from Ball State University and live in Muncie now.

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    I have just graduated this May 2013 and have been offered and accepted a position in the Main OR at my local hospital. I am incredibly excited but very very nervous. My start date is towards the end of June and I am wanting to know if there is any good books or iphone apps that I can get a hold of to familiarize myself with the OR prior to starting. I know I have a challenge ahead of be coming right out of nursing school directly into a specialty, so I would like to be as prepared as I can be.

    Im looking for materials that cover common procedures, flow of the OR, instruments and what they are used for, that type of thing. Its totally fine if they cost money, I just need to start reading up!

    Any other advice would be greatly appreciated as well!