OR Nurse Shortage Expected - page 3

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Ambulatory surgery centers should get ready to face a harsher climate in nurse recruitment over the next few years. Severe shortages of nurses peaked several years ago. Severe nursing shortages of the mid-00s were neutralized... Read More


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    Quote from onaclearday
    Yes apples and oranges. For now. There is always talk about how to remove nursing it seems. Who do they think they'd rather have with an adjustment in edu/training. For a while (in my area) PAs seemed to be morphing in to everywhere. Now I see RNFAs being sought after. Maybe they realize now, that RNFAs have more really, to offer in many ways.
    I wouldn't worry about it, there has been talk through the years about nurses being phased out. Won't happen as far as circulating. I am seeing a movement in my area to train nurses to scrub( like they did in the old days). And I've worked with RNFAs in the OR.
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    Quote from CCRNDiva
    I think that OR management have painted themselves into a corner with their own policies. I was fortunate to have OR scheduled into my clinical experiences during nursing school. Several of us expressed a desire to work in surgery after graduation but we were all told in no uncertain terms that we would not be eligible for hire in the OR. I also work with a couple of young ICU RNs who have applied for OR jobs just to be denied. They don't want to spend the time or the $$ to orient them. OR nursing is like a club where you have to know someone or have connections to get past the velvet rope. So now they are faced with an aging population of OR RNs who may retire once (or if) the economy improves while they have neglected to accept and cultivate the many young or new RNs who would have loved the opportunity to begin a nursing career in the OR. I'm sorry but it's hard to feel their pain.
    By the way, we were fed "the year of med/surg experience before going into specialty" in nursing school as well.
    If there is such a shortage why the hospital wonít offer more OR residency position? I had 2 OR observation opportunities during 2nd year of nursing school, and I know that is what I wanted ever since. I was also lead by "the year of med-surg experience before going into specialty" in nursing school. I graduated in June 2010 (yes a year ago) unable to find a job. Still I applied to any OR residency program I can find, even with no experience.

    It was very discouraging when the nursing recruiter, at level-1 trauma and teaching hospital, told me that they have over 3 hundred applicants for 4 OR residency positions (and discretely hinted how slim my chances are with no experience). But, I kept on applying. And I am starting my OR residency next month at that same level-1 trauma hospital. What the OR nursing managers told me was that my passion and enthusiasm for OR on my cover letter that got me the interview and that passion and enthusiasm landed me the job.

    OR is so specialize that med-surg or other RN experiences donít necessary give you the advantage. The training is usually 6 month to 1 years. And the OR text book I received is the same size as my med-surg text book from nursing school, not including other texts books for equipments and tools used in OR. If you want to be an OR nurse, it is your passion for the field not the experience that will help you.
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    Congratulations Kamilia2010!!
    I have always felt that, no matter the odds, if I can just get you to hear me out, I'll convince you. Way to stick with it and not let others give up for you!


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