Hey y'all! I graduate tomorrow, pinning is on Tuesday, and I start work as a PCT week after next at an ambulatory surgery center for a few weeks til I take my boards and can begin work as a SURGICAL NURSE! It is what I've wanted since I started considering a career in healthcare, and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity as a new grad. Just wanted to put this out there for anybody discouraged in the job search- try to stay positive, dreams DO come true.
Ok so questions...
-Any tips on learning basic surgical tools, instruments, equipment, and lingo? I was exposed to nearly all types of medical environments in nursing school, but exposure to and education on the OR was minimal. I'm hoping to go in at least knowing a little something...
My employer recommended Pocket Guide to the OR by Maxine Golman which I plan to buy, but I didn't know if there were some good shortcuts or iPhone apps that might help me lock stuff in to memory.
-I'm interested in joining AORN. Is it worth it? Do you feel like you professionally and otherwise benefit from being a member?
-What do y'all do with your wedding rings? I know I could pin them to my scrubs but I'm terrified I will forget one day and put my scrubs in the facility laundry bin never to be seen again. Maybe pin it to my bra?
-Also, any good recommendations for places to get cute scrub caps? Etsy has some cute stuff but they sure seem expensive ($20ish)! And I have a lot of hair- is it something I should try on in a store before I buy or is it generally one-size-fits-all?
-And then with shoes...I know scrub nurses stand in one place for an extended period of time, and circulating have more opportunity to ambulate and sit during cases...any recommendations for good standing-a-long-time shoes? I have Danskos, and if they work, great, less money to spend! But I want to make sure I'll have good back and leg and arch support...
-And do y'all wear support hoes? What are the best kind? I've heard of some people buy TEDS for a long day of work- I'm thinking of doing that...?
-And of course any wisdom you might have picked up along the way :-)
Sorry for all the questions...I'm so excited to join the ranks of OR Nurses!! Thank you thank you!