I am graduating on May 14 and have been interviewing for nursing jobs
. I interviewed with medicine and surgical units and perioperative services. I have been a Patient Care Tech on med/surg floors so I have a good idea about nursing on those floors and have decided it is not for me - I have cleaned up enough C Diff poop to last a lifetime! I really enjoyed my clinical rotation in the OR and did an 8 hour job shadow following a patient from pre-op, to the OR and into PACU. I like the focus on one patient, working as a team for one patient, and the techinal aspects that OR nursing provides. The hospital I work at has a 6 month OR RN internship program that I interviewed for and I was offered the position. I am thrilled. I do find it interesting that when my friends who are floor or ICU nurses or my classmates who are going to med/surg, ICU or ED areas react to my going into the OR as an area of nursing that is not as "respectable" or "real nursing" like med/surg, ICU or ED. Is this a common reaction or belief among non-OR nurses? How do you deal with the condescending remarks? I am excited about this career choice - I don't want anyone to bring me down!
May 1, '04
I guess I was speechless when I read your post last night. All I could think of was "wow".
OR nursing is soooooo different from any other kind I can think of. It's highly skilled and highly technical.
A good OR nurse will be requested by the surgeons because of their skills and aptitudes. A good OR nurse stands alone to advocate for their helpless patient sometimes against surgeons, nose to nose. A good OR nurse has to know a little about everything and lots about a huge spectrum of illnesses and injuries, plus all things in between. A good OR nurse knows how to run million dollar equipment and trouble shoot it when it won't. A good OR nurse can scrub most anything and knows what the surgeon wants before he asks for it. A good OR nurse trains the future surgeons of tomorrow and keeps them out of trouble with their attendings. A good OR nurse comforts the fears of her patient's and holds their hand while they go to sleep and when they wake up. A good OR nurse knows a gamut of lab values and what they mean. A good OR nurse helps to save the lives of hundreds of trauma patients in her career. A good OR nurse can think on her feet, can pull equipment and instruments out of thin air, as well as pull a few miracles out of thin air a couple of times, at least once a week. A good OR nurse manages what is many times unmanagable, staff shortages, equipment failures, lost instrumentation, all without a hitch or hiccup. A good OR nurse puts the clinical staff and surgeons at ease through the trust they have developed with her/him.
Never be made to feel ashamed for your choice. When your friends are fried to a crisp from handling too many patients, too many services, and working too many nights, you will have the satisfaction that you've made the right decision. You are about to become one of the highest trained specialty nurses there is. Good luck and have fun with it. Don't worry about your friends perceptions. Your friends are wrong.
Last edit by orrnlori on May 1, '04