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 started within the last 6... Read More

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    I was technically hired to circulate so that's what ive been doing. The idea of scrubbing and having to hold retractors or something still makes me a bit squeamish.

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    Quote from schnookimz
    I was technically hired to circulate so that's what ive been doing. The idea of scrubbing and having to hold retractors or something still makes me a bit squeamish.
    My first day, they handed me about 5lbs of breast skin/tissue/fat. You get over it real quick 😝
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    My hospital requires us to scrub and circulate, which I love because I want to do it all. It's nerve-wrecking at first because you don't want to contaminate the field or pass the wrong instruments. Once you do it a few times, it's not that bad! You can start to feel the flow and anticipate their needs a little quicker.

    Either my preceptor or myself will introduce myself to the suregon before the case, so they will be more lenient/understanding if i seem a little slow. Plus, you'll learn your instruments a hell of a lot faster lol.
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    Okay generally I have a tough stomach, but the idea of scrubbing makes me so nervous that I am literally terrified of passing out.
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    Make sure you eat something with substance that will stick-it's a must ☺️
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    Yes! I've been grabbing a banana or even a couple slices of bread every morning as I am running for the door. I never used to eat breakfast, but i have every morning now.
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    I feel ya about breakfast! Breakfast is more of a luxury for me now. It never seems like I have time for a decent breakfast with coming in so early in the morning. It's usually a bar of some sort until lunch. Bad habit I'm trying to break.
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    Hey! I am scheduled to start the OR on the 1st of September I am very excited bc I will be doing both circulating and scrubbing, any tips on learning instruments, dealing with the tough personalities, etc.. I only have a year of Tele experience and I am afraid its not enough. What do you think?
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    Quote from AReyes87
    Hey! I am scheduled to start the OR on the 1st of September I am very excited bc I will be doing both circulating and scrubbing, any tips on learning instruments, dealing with the tough personalities, etc.. I only have a year of Tele experience and I am afraid its not enough. What do you think?
    Not a whole lot of tips because it's only been 4 weeks for me, but I can share experiences. It's so different from working on the floor. Just be prepared that when you walk in, you literally won't know what anything is. And there are SO MANY SUPPLIES and like all of them are unfamiliar. That's a bit overwhelming. Like someone will ask you for something and you're just like, "what the heck is that...."
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    Best tip, be flexible! 👯
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