Congratulations on passing boards! Way to go! Here are my thoughts on this: I have been an OR nurse for 3 1/2 years, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I really enjoyed the short (1 day) clinical rotation I got in nursing school
, but always assumed that you couldn't start out in OR. By the end of nursing school, and in my very first nursing job, I was seriously questioning my desire to be a nurse...I simply wasn't happy being a "floor nurse". As luck would have it, I was offered a job in a small OR and I took it, thinking I couldn't possibly any unhappier than I already was. It only took about 2 weeks for me to realize I was born to do OR nursing. With a very few exceptions, all of the OR nurses I have ever worked with have done very little BUT OR nursing, and I work with some of the best. I have since branched out into pre-op, Same Day Outpatient, and Recovery, and like those areas as well, but I will never quit OR. So my belief is that if you like it and are good at it, that will happen regardless of what other experience you might have. I do believe that many of the skills that are required of CCU nurses (and probably other specialties) definitely fall by the wayside in the OR, so if CCU is your ultimate interest, OR full time might not be the way to go. Don't ever let anyone tell you that someone is "just an OR nurse"....we have a special set of skills and abilities that might not carry over into other areas, but are no less important to the quality care of surgical patients. In a nutshell, I firmly believe that life is too short to NOT love what you do.....find your niche and run with it, whatever that might be. Good luck!