Attn: Nurses hired into the OR within the last 6 months to a year! - page 4

I recently accepted an OR position and will start this month. I'm beyond excited! I'm still trying to find my niche in nursing and I have a good feeling about this. My question is for those who have... Read More

  1. by   MadpeysRN
    Best tip, be flexible! 👯
  2. by   RUBY2623RN
    Wow please keep us updated��
  3. by   MereSanity
    Lose nursing skills!?! What floor nurse can float to the OR? NONE of them. We are a specialized field! There are hundreds of different pieces of equipment, instruments, procedures, Dr.'s who all have different preferences, etc! We have DIFFERENT skills! You couldn't pay me TRIPLE to work the floor!

    MereSanity BSN, RN, CNOR
  4. by   Rntr
    I couldn't have said it better.... many, many times, I've had to go help out on a floor (refused to give meds) but can put in a catheter faster than any of them. Yes, can still do many things that I did when I worked a floor but how many times has someone from the "floors" came to help in the OR? It's just not an area you can walk into and go to work..
    Not to put any area down but we all have our specialties and the OR is very exacting and specific..
    Rntr BS,CNOR,CCM
  5. by   schnookimz
    Updates?? How's it going for everyone?
  6. by   sarahf81
    Hello everyone. I am only week 3 into my orientation and 3 days working in an OR room. I have to admit it is overwhelming trying to learn the instruments, positions, prepping, along with everything else. However, I LOVE IT. It is better than I imagined. I can't believe how much I have learned already. It's going to be a long six months but I am ready and excited. I will keep you updated on my progress. Hope everyone else is doing well also.
  7. by   LifesAJourney
    Going well so far! It's frustrating though when the person I'm paired up with doesn't want to talk to me that much or expects me to know more than what I do! Especially if it is my first time ever doing a certain case or having this surgeon.

    I feel like I got charting and interviewing the pt down, it's just setting up for a case I need help with. What I like is that some of these nurses don't even have to look at the preference card to pull items out! They know the cases by heart, which I know will take time.
  8. by   MadpeysRN
    Hopefully half way through orientation, this schedule is killin me! 😩
  9. by   LifesAJourney
    Quote from BelleMorteRN
    Hopefully half way through orientation, this schedule is killin me! 😩
    What's your schedule?
  10. by   MeiLana
    Bump -- updates?
  11. by   alodocios
    i started a little over a year ago. i loved the position and the training. Make sure your preceptor lets you do not just watch him/her do. This is a position where hands on experiential learning is key. I took notes after a better preceptor told me what i should be taking notes about such as the surgeons equipment settings, preferred instruments. Surgeons can do the same thing but use totally different stuff. Also note their patient positioning preferences for each type of surgery and the positioning aids that they prefer and their quirks! one surgeon may like his patients taped and another may not want the tape touching their skin etc...and those little things can make a big difference in your good day! Listen to your tech, they will be your best friend. Be careful, I lost my OR career 2 months after i finished my 6 month training, i was orienting to my specialty and I had a massive fall that may have put me out of nursing period! We were in the dark doing a video assisted surgery, i was in a hurry to do my closing count so that I could do a sign out with my surgeon before he broke scrub and left the room, which he had done in a prior surgery so i missed my chance to do a sign out and my manager was mad about it because we are supposed to go over the specimens during sign out to make sure they are all correct. I guess the doc trusted that I got it right and didn't feel the need to do a sign out, he left while i was in the middle of the closing count. I didn't want it to happen again so i rushed over to the tech's table but instead got tangled up in cords because i was in an old room where the sockets are not on the ceiling. Most important thing, protect yourself so that you can enjoy this amazing specialty. I loved it and now i miss it. OR nursing is a beautiful thing.
  12. by   Ab2ayleene
    The operating room is super exciting for me personally, everyday is something new, I love talking and interacting with my patient and their family. I've worked in the Or for 14 months and around the one year mark you start to get really comfortable with your circulating role. Or at least I did. I started out working at a level 1 trauma teaching hospital that had 22 ORs and 7 different specialties of surgery (plastic, neuro etc.) and that was a VERY stressful place with high turnover and a real bad atmosphere/morale. I left that place and joined a 7 OR ortho hospital that is way better, family atmosphere, almost everyone is a pleasure to work with and the doctors actually follow the consent and respect the surgery team more here. My advice to an anyone starting new is remember that your most important role is PATIENT ADVOCATE, not the doctors friend. If sterile field is broken or threatened by ANYONE. Speak up immediately. Even if you get yelled at you know you are in the right protecting your patient from infection. Be the nurse you would want to have, don't be afraid to stand up for what's right. And another thing, don't just go home, research the surgeries you have for tomorrow, think ahead about how they should be positioned and things like that the day before so you can walk in to work and not have to think and pause or run and go get a preference sheet of the surgeon. Another piece of advice is try not to talk much at all during a case(surgery) because it can annoy and distract the surgery team especially an OCD doctor. Help anesthesia as much as they want you to so that things run smoothly. And go the extra mile and try to get things done as quickly as possible. Even tho things shouldn't be rushed surgery turnover is always being pushed to go faster, the charge nurse will push you to do everything faster so that the surgeons aren't at work longer than they want to be. And be careful how fast you walk and where you step bc there is lots of cords and things all over the ground (bones, skin, blood) it's a slip-N-slide and I fell the other day bc I wasn't watching where I stepped. And it's also important to stick up for yourself when a person in your surgery team is rude to you. Either do it immediately after the fact or if you are shy and want more privacy take them aside later and let them know that you were hurt by what they said to and that it's not okay to talk to you that way. After you have been in the OR for about 6 months and you build a bond with your team and everyone helps each other you really start to feel like family, and it's a nice feeling after the case is over when it was all a success and no one got frustrated or angry. If you like staying busy, helping people, learning and seeing new things then the OR is for you. If you get your feelings hurt easily, don't like speaking up, or you don't have much confidence in yourself in general the I t may be harder for you in the beginning but nothing will toughen your skin more than surgery. It's a wonderful place to work. Always something interesting going on.
  13. by   momof2divas
    I just took a position coming from SICU so it will be very interesting!