I graduated from a BSN program in May '13 and just recently passed my NCLEX-RN a month ago! Very exciting summer for me!
With all this going on for me, in July, I interviewed for an OR position at the hospital Where i did all my clinical training during school (which is also a level I trauma center) and luckily i was offered the position and am starting in Oct!
I am feeling very blessed and excited, all through nursing school, I just wanted to be in surgical nursing, it was the only area that truly stuck out to me as what I would want to do with my career yet unfortunately we were not exposed to mch of it which is why I still have no clue what to expect with my start date only a few weeks away! Will it be difficult having zero prior experience to starting as a 'brand new' RN in this specialty? Any tips and suggestions I should be aware of? I was told my orientation period is about 22 weeks how long was yours?
also during orientation time I am required by my facility to take periop 101, How many days/weeks does this course typically last is it mostly on your own or hands on stuff at work?
Finally what is your typical schedule as an OR nurse as in days/week hourly shifts? when I was hired they told me I would be days/evenings weekend rotation but did not specify if that is 8,10,12 hours?
Thanks for all the help