You will be putting in foleys, putting in IV's occasionally, assessing skin for color, temperature and skin breakdown, assessing pulses, use your critical thinking skills for positioning, if needed assessing breath sounds while you assist the CRNA's during intubation, using therapeutic communication skills while communicating with the patients and their families, occasionally drawing blood, on occasion changing out vents, and the great OR nurses that have been doing it a long time can anticipate exactly what instrument trays will be needed based on what the surgery is and what the surgeon needs to do.....I think ALL of this requires excellent nursing skills. You WILL be multi tasking and you will be part of a team that relies on you to make the surgery a success, not to mention you will be witness to some amazing interventions and see up close and personal the inner workings of the human body. You WON'T be juggling 8 patients at a time and stressing out over how behind you are.
BTW, some of the best ICU nurses I have worked with while I was in nursing school
started out in the OR, they are very meticulous and are excellent nurses, you won't lose your skills if you go to floor or ICU later on in your career, your skills are part of you as a nurse and it will come back to you when you need it.
I love surgery, it's fascinating and I'm proud to be an OR nurse. Go for it!!