I'm a nursing student(ADN) going in to my senior year! Almost there!! Well a few months ago I applied for a part time nursing attendant position at my local hospital. It didn't state what floor it was on but listed the shifts as variable.
To my surprise I received a call from HR and had a very successful phone interview, the rep asked if I could meet with the nurse manager the very next day.
I was extremely nervous! I met with the HR rep in the main lobby, she was very nice and very genuine. She said she was pairing me up with a NM and that she would basically be selling her department to me.
strange lol I thought I'd be selling me to them!! She also said if I received an offer from them but didn't feel like a good fit that they would find me another department. Okkkkk
Well I ended up meeting with the NM from OR!!! I was ecstatic! OR has always been an interest of mine but I honestly never thought I'd have the opportunity to be anywhere near one until well into my nursing career or under heavy sedation!!!!
The NM was amazing! The interview was very laid back and our personalities clicked. We spoke a lot about the hospital expansion and future goals of the department. She spoke very highly of her staff and told me they are all very willing to teach new comers. We spoke about my experiences in NS and my background in medical assisting. We talked scheduling and start dates and orientation. She seemed very excited about me being a nursing student, spoke about internally transferring as an RN next year and let me know that since I also lived locally I could request more shifts on days I'm available or even be on call a few days as well.
Now I'm on cloud nine! But also just reviewing in my head how my interview went.
She stated the term "orderly" which I'm somewhat confused to.... What exactly does an orderly do!?! She did say also that there's not as much patient care as I'm used to, some of the duties she threw out there were " checking IV's, setting up OR and patients, transporting, running for blood, monitoring post op" lots of lifting and such. What's great is I'm completely open to the change in setting, I really hope I get a call back! HR rep said she'd be making a call as early as tomorrow and into early next week.
But I'm still confused I guess on the job description, especially since my original application was for an NA position.
What are the duties of an orderly?
Is it similar to "periop tech" or "OR tech"?
I figure the OR works on cases, so what happens between cases, especially at a time like nights when there aren't previously scheduled procedures??
What kind of skills will I be using on a daily basis? Would I actually use any of my MA skills or even nursing skills?
If anyone could help me out with this it would be great!! This a whole new world to me and I'm definitely out of my element. Any tips and advice would also be appreciated
I'm so curious about this possible new world!