Hi ej1104! Our stories are extremely similar. I graduated in May 2012 and passed the NCLEX-RN in June 2012. I have been working as a RN on a Pediatric Acute Care floor at my local Children's Hospital for the past year. I interviewed for a OR Nurse position last week and was offered the job today! I am ecstatic!
I, too, have always been intrigued by the surgical process. Throughout nursing school, I had very few opportunities to observe in the OR. When I had the chance, I was too mesmerized by the procedures to actually take note of the RNs duties and responsibilities. I got a better sense of the OR RNs role when I went to shadow for a day 2 weeks ago. Still, I am somewhat clueless as to what should be expected.
I was told that our orientation period is 6 months. During this time, I will learn both roles of the Circulating Nurse and Scrub Nurse, all while rotating surgical services (Ortho, Neuro, ENT, Plastics, General, etc.)
I am also required to take Peri-Op 101. I know nothing about this process except that we must pass the course before we can be declared off of orientation.
As for hours, I was hired for the Monday - Friday (0645 -1515) shift with 1 weekend on-call per month. Other shifts are offered but are obtainable based on seniority. Honestly, I have no problem with rarely working weekends/holidays!
It is comforting to know that someone else will be going through the same experience that I will be. Perhaps we could rely on each other throughout the orientation process! I can't wait to get started!
I wish you all the very best with everything!