Well my first week of orientation is done, and for the most part I have just been watching and helping with a few minor things... I am feeling so overwhelmed right now.. its a totally different world! It feels like I may as well have not even gone to nursing school
or worked on the floor for that matter, because nothing I have learned really seems like it applies to much right now other than my assessments of the patient.... How long does it take to learn all the different tools and body positions, prepping, etc? I feel so lost, yet I know it was just the end of my first week... They told me I will have atleast half a year to a full year of training before they will put me on my own... everyone else that has been there about a year seems to " get" it....
For those of you that are circulators, do you remember how long it took you to learn the basics? To feel somewhat comfortable in your job? To learn the basic tools and equipment, set ups, etc?
Thanks in advance! I dont know if anyone else felt this exact way, but any advice/stories, etc would be helpful!
Oct 8, '06
Hi Happylush, I just finished my 2nd full time week of orientation in the OR and i feel overwhelmed like you do. Before we had 4 days a week in class and 1 day in the OR. Now its all full time orientation for the next 5 months before we're on our own. I can't seem to get what position the bed is supposed to be in, when they're going to use the C-Arm. I don't understand all the positions, which procedures to put pillows under the knees, if arms are to be tucked or on an arm board, where to put safety straps, where to position the ESU aka Bovi (at head of bed or at feet of bed), what to use for preps and what areas need to be prepped and how far up or down to prep. All the different tools, instruments, implants, paperwork, equipment, electronics, supplies, etc. There is so much stuff to learn and memorize. I'm scared to death of not getting it. Also our hospital's preference cards totally suck. Everyone complains about them especially the surgeons. How in the world are new people supposed to know exactly what the surgeon's want or need if the preference cards are not correct. You're not alone Happylush, my fellow classmates all feel the same way and 2 of them have been nurses for 20 years. We all feel lost and overwhelmed. The OR is a totally different world. I wish you luck and hopefully we can all make it through. Keep us all updated. This is a great place to share your feelings and experiences. Take care!
Last edit by IsseyM on Oct 8, '06