I'm currently in my 2nd year of a 4yr BScN program. I'm trying to decide what area of nursing I'm interested in, and when I observed an operation I really enjoyed it. One of the nurses was just starting her orientation, and she was really great at explaining things to me, about what was going on, etc. I found it really interesting, and thought, hmm... maybe I'd like to do this. However, I have also enjoyed my clinical placements on med/surg wards, because of the interaction with patients.
So I guess my question is, how much do you interact with patients? Did you have similar concerns when deciding to do OR? What about OR nursing do you like the best?
Also, how easy is it to change areas of nursing? I know a lot of people do a year or 2 of med/surg before doing ICU... so I 'm wondering if there's any sort of thing like that reccommended before coming to the OR. And- if I were to do OR, and then decide after awhile that I wanted to do something else, are there certain areas that are easier to switch to after having OR experience?
Is it common for nurses to leave OR and go to other areas, or is it more of a "once you're here, you're here" type thing?
Ok, yes I know I have a lot of questions... don't feel you have to answer every single one... I'm just trying to get more info so I can feel like I have some sort of direction!