I have found some very helpful information and advice on this site, so I am hoping some of you may be able to help shed some light on something I've been thinking about for a while.
I am currently in my 3rd year of my BSN program at a university in British Columbia, Canada. My goal at the end of my nursing program will be to land myself a spot in the OR preceptorship program that my university offers in collaboration with the local regional hospital here in town, so that I will be working as a novice OR nurse by the time I am done school. I have a choice of one more practicum placement in the hospital before my final practicum which will hopefully be in the OR. So here's my question:
Does anyone have any idea what may be a good practicum placement for me, given that I plan on going into OR nursing?
I have had previous placements on a medical/CVA specialty floor, medical/telemetry floor, and general surgery floor. I have narrowed it down to the following options so far for this practicum...
- Ortho surgical floor
- Step-down unit on a general surgery floor
I would like to have the opportunity to perform a number of skills and see as much as I can in this placement, as I will be back in the community after this and then into my final practicum.
Any comments are welcome. I understand that all do not support students going right into the OR, but given what is going on right now where I live on med/surg floors (RNs losing jobs to LPNs/job shortages), that a preceptorship program does exist in my area, and that OR nursing has been my dream and goal for quite some time, I do have my heart set on this.
Any suggestions pertaining to possible practicum placements that may be seen as beneficial are welcome.
-- Kari, BSN3