How many of you both circulate AND scrub? - page 3

Is it very often that RN's get to scrub in on surgeries, or are the RN's more exclusively becoming circulators while the surg techs take over scrubbing in?... Read More

  1. by   Rayray15
    I work at a level one trauma hospital and the majority of the staff are rn's who scrub and circulate, however we do have some ST. As rn's in the or there is no "I just scrub" or "I can only circulate". With OR experience or not we all go through our orientation learning how to do both through each service and are expected to do both after orientation.
  2. by   RobtheORNurse
    Depends on the facility, RN's routinely scrubbed where I worked.
  3. by   ArtieRN
    It's funny. We have more techs than nurses right now in our main OR (techs were hired to save money rather than hire more nurses), so whoever can circulate does, but we have a new policy that new RNs who don't have a BSN can only scrub. Interesting, considering we frequently have to rely on travelers.... our cardiothoracic OR and women's surgery, which are in different buildings to the main and ASC ORs, often have RNs scrubbing in. It's a shame, too, since I've heard from many an RN who wished they could scrub more so they could learn the cases better.
  4. by   IHopeIGetIt
    I'm starting NS this Spring and want to be an OR nurse. Don't you need experience in both circulating and scrubbing in order to get the CNOR? Why would a facility not give their nurses the opportunity to earn their certification?
  5. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from IHopeIGetIt
    I'm starting NS this Spring and want to be an OR nurse. Don't you need experience in both circulating and scrubbing in order to get the CNOR? Why would a facility not give their nurses the opportunity to earn their certification?
    No, the certification does not specify whether scrub/circulate/both. It only specifies that one must have completed 2400 hours in periop/1200 hours in the actual OR/ 2 years experience.
  6. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from IHopeIGetIt
    I'm starting NS this Spring and want to be an OR nurse. Don't you need experience in both circulating and scrubbing in order to get the CNOR? Why would a facility not give their nurses the opportunity to earn their certification?
    No, the certification does not specify whether scrub/circulate/both. It only specifies that one must have completed 2400 hours in periop/1200 hours in the actual OR/2 years periop experience.

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How many of you both circulate AND scrub?