I also did my preceptorship in the OR and wanted to RUN the first couple of days. But then I started feeling more comfortable every day. Every day try to take on one additional responsibility if able. By the time I was done I did everything during the case except scrub. I did scrub the last day but didn't focus on the instrument learning(too overwhelming on last day). There are strong personalities in the OR. Although I am considered a quiet person I have a sense of humor and very sarcastic undertones
which worked great. But things can change quickly. They were also quick to tell me..
"Sam, I need your help. You HAVE to push!"
"Sam, this is YOUR area!"
" Sam, keep moving!" (When taking the pt to recovery)
"Sam, you get ONE start on this IV and then I am taking over." (I'm glad I got it!)
" Sam, put on a pair of gloves and come here.." (Was told this more than anything)
I was always willing and eager and had a great attitude even though I was overwhelmed. They began to accept me because of this. You cannot take anything personally and after the first couple of days, stay AWAY from the wall. Get in there
That is the best way for the staff to begin getting comfortable with you. Being a small group they trust each other and we as new people have to earn that trust.
My first couple of days I told my instructor I would NEVER do OR. Now look at me, I was just offered position in the OR and cannot wait! `
I bought a book also to read, but you really do not have that much time to read. You will find that out.