I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on their experience as a travel nurse in the OR? I have only worked in one OR and curious how others are run for ease of being a travel nurse.
I am interested to hear any personal input as to positives and negatives or travel rn in OR?
- With only a day or two orientation, have you felt comfortable in the OR alone?
- Is is difficult to fit in/make friends, as you will have much less interaction with other nurses unlike floor nursing?
- How different it circulating in every hospital? Is it difficult to learn surgeon preferences?Will you be expected to learn/know them immediately?
I feel like a lot of learning to circulate successfully in my current job is not only learning the specific supplies, instruments and set ups for each case and service specialty, but also each particular surgeons personal preferences. With basically little to no orientation, would I constantly feel like I am behind or completely lost.
In my current job, we have pick tickets for each case/surgeon that gives a short description of meds, supplies, instruments and sometimes a brief note on positioning or case specific info. Does every OR do this or something similar?
I feel comfortable as a circulting nurse where I am at currently, and am very eager to travel and ready for a difficult challenge, but worried I will feel like I am drowning underwater in another OR?!? Is travel nursing in the OR more difficult then traveling in floor nursing ? I also have Labor and delivery experience and could try that too.