Hi! My name is Emily. I am graduating from nursing school in less that two months (woohoo!!!). I've had a job waiting on me in surgial ICU for two years now, but my mother is taking the position as director of the unit, thus making it against policy for me to work there. I've already began orientation for the job and have done all of my precepting in SICU.
Since I am being moved to another area of the hospital after being promised a job in SI, the hospital is allowing me to choose my specialty area. My goal is to become a Surgical Physicians Assistant so I chose to move to surgery.
To be perfectly honest, I'm scared out of my mind! I have been in surgeries before, observing for school, but never to work. I thought I would survey those who have worked there before to gauge the area and find some more things out. To do so, I have a few questions:
What are pros/cons of working in the OR?
I have a pretty tough stomach and have dissected cadavers and the like, but how hard it is it to handle the gore and the saws, etc?
What personality traits make for successful OR nurses?
What do you actually do?
I'm sorry for the wall of tex tand loads of questions, but I hate to dive into something without having a firm understanding of it. Thanks for any and all input