Quote from 4_Sq
My answer is strictly from my own point of view, floor nursing is not necessary to become a good OR nurse.
OR is a totally different learning experience.
The OR that I work at does not have that as a requirement and we preceptor and train as soon as nurse completes OR post grad course.
The nurse may be a new grad, a mat nurse, a surgical nurse or nurse who has worked long term care & psych.... I have seen all of these nurses with these backgrounds become excellent OR nurses!
There are different skill sets in each area of nursing and they all can be valuable to OR nursing!
From what I can ascertain, the steps to becoming an OR nurse in the US are a little different from Canada, but we all get to the same place eventually..
Good luck in your pursuit of OR nursing.
Yes I agree with what you have said, I am a new hire to the OR and was fortunate enough to find a hospital with a program for post grad candidates. This is where they will train and precept me and 6 others for 6 months duration. I have 1 1/2 years of nursing in a long term care field and nothing more. Don't give up hope. It is possible. I will be starting this June :-)