I want to work in the OR - page 3

I want to be a circulating nurse, it's why I returned to nursing school. I was unable to find a job in the OR when I finished school so I took a telemetry job. I've been on the floor for 2 years and... Read More

  1. by   bella201
    Rose_Queen,
    Did you receive my post?

    I know that orientations can be extended. I'm thinking maybe doing this can help in getting sufficient orientation time so that I can have more hands on experience to become proficient when I finally come to the point of working independently.

    I know orientation extensions are not a given so how should I go about requesting/getting an orientation extension if I find that the orientation is not sufficient or I find I need more hands on practice?

    Since orientations vary from facility to facility, do you think contacting OR departments to find out about their orientations and how long they are would be a good idea?
  2. by   Rose_Queen
    I think better than cold calling ORs would be to network with people at AORN meetings. Probably going to get more honest feedback that way too. And of course, make sure you walk away from an interview knowing what the orientation structure is.
  3. by   bella201
    Rose_Queen,
    I know orientation extensions are not a given so how should I go about requesting/getting an orientation extension if I find that the orientation is not sufficient or I find I need more hands on practice when on orientation?
  4. by   Rose_Queen
    Quote from bella201
    Rose_Queen,
    I know orientation extensions are not a given so how should I go about requesting/getting an orientation extension if I find that the orientation is not sufficient or I find I need more hands on practice when on orientation?
    This is going to be completely dependent on the facility. Either way, you are far too focused on what comes after nursing school with a set plan. First you need to get through nursing school, pass NCLEX, and find a job. You may not be able to find an OR job right out of school, if that is even still what you want to do. Flexibility is key in finding that first job, especially in this economy and job market.
  5. by   WhoDatWhoDare
    ^^^This... Rose Queen is speaking the truth... Good luck with school.
    Don

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