Advice for brand-new OR nurse?

  1. I've been a labor and delivery nurse since I graduated in May, 2004, however; some political situations at my hospital arose and I decided to take a job elsewhere and give the OR a try (I've always been interesed in the OR, but really couldn't get much experience during nursing school. We couldn't do our senior practicum in the OR because it wasn't "hands on" nursing!). I'm excited about the OR and really think I'll like it (I know I've only had a limited experience in L+D), but I was wondering if there was some advice that you wish you had been given when you started? Our OR is separated into pods and they are planning on having me circulate ortho and do some neuro/ENT.

    I've been reading some old posts, which I guess have encouraged and scared the crap out of me. I keep reminding myself that dealing with some of our old OB/GYNs has made me "grow some balls (just a phrase I like - I'm a girl)" and I learned to do that well so I'll be okay. Looking for some encouragement and reality. Thanks...I enjoy reading the posts.
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  3. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Quote from CrazyBlondesRock
    I've been a labor and delivery nurse since I graduated in May, 2004, however; some political situations at my hospital arose and I decided to take a job elsewhere and give the OR a try (I've always been interesed in the OR, but really couldn't get much experience during nursing school. We couldn't do our senior practicum in the OR because it wasn't "hands on" nursing!). I'm excited about the OR and really think I'll like it (I know I've only had a limited experience in L+D), but I was wondering if there was some advice that you wish you had been given when you started? Our OR is separated into pods and they are planning on having me circulate ortho and do some neuro/ENT.

    I've been reading some old posts, which I guess have encouraged and scared the crap out of me. I keep reminding myself that dealing with some of our old OB/GYNs has made me "grow some balls (just a phrase I like - I'm a girl)" and I learned to do that well so I'll be okay. Looking for some encouragement and reality. Thanks...I enjoy reading the posts.
    Just remember to be patient with yourself and give yourself the time to learn and grow........stop look listen and learn.......you will do well. Seems you are a reality based person. You may have grown them........just do not let anyone kick them :chuckle wooops just could not resist.

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