After 20 years of teaching, I'm back in school pursuing what I've always wanted to do: to be a nurse. I've always been interested in the OR and I am amazed at the number of RNs and fellow students who are trying to talk me out of it. Everyone tells me I'll be nothing but a "go-fer"....I will lose all my nursing skills.....I'll be stuck there because floors won't hire me since I'll have lost my skills. I don't know "for sure" that I want the OR but as of now it's high on my list of potential preceptor sites. The hospital system that I will be hired into is a large teaching hospital so 1) they use surg techs for scrubbing and 2) they use residents for first assists (which is a bummer because I would love to do that!). They offer a 6 month "periop 101" paid training program with a 2 year commitment. Nurses are taught to scrub in case techs aren't available or need to be relieved for breaks but it's mainly circulating duties.
Circulating nurses -- please share with me what types of things you do! I get to shadow in the OR in a few weeks so I'm looking forward to that but I know I won't see everything.
Sep 4, '13
by cdsga, BSN, RN
In terms of marketing yourself-you must think about things that you do. Efficiency, organization, prioritization, clinical abilities in medication administration, emergency response, effective communication and delegation, documentation, and proficiency in organizational efforts concerning SCIP and other JCAHO and quality initiatives, i.e., infection prevention and patient safety issues. Not failing to mention the ability to assist in bedside procedures-that other nurses may not feel comfortable with. Key thing is not to sell yourself short when trying out for a different nursing path.
Last edit by cdsga on Sep 4, '13
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