ICU to OR, any advice? - page 2

I have been working in a community hospital ICU and have an interview this week for a position as an OR nurse in a level 1 trauma center. I'm very excited and would really like to make the... Read More

  1. by   cdsga
    Have not seen NP's doing this lately. I have seen some advance practice nurses (not sure about the NP status) who did some assisting in the OR, but mostly were used to see patients, make rounds and take out sutures, dressing changes, evaluations etc. I hope more doctors see the value in hiring NP's over PA's but the recent increase in the number of NP's is changing the game somewhat. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. To me when you spend that much on your education and licensure etc, you best get paid. Doctor's are kind of cheap when it comes to salaries. So negotiate well my friend. Good luck.
  2. by   LJames13
    Thanks for the reply... I know what you mean about the salary. When talking to the PA he said that was their #1 problem, their salaries. He said they kept losing people after the 2 year mark because at that point they were better trained and could get paid way more somewhere else. I think it depends on your state and hospital as well, unfortunately.
    Hopefully we will start to see more nurses in this role- I think we will be the complete package! because we have the bedside plus the degree and then the skills in the OR!!

    Thanks again,
  3. by   ChocoholicNurse
    Dear Cheese,

    Thank you for making me LOL at 0600 after a short night of tossing and turning, envisioning myself as the NKOTB in our OR. I haven't started yet, but just yesterday, accepted a position in our OR and will be working in open heart. I've been a floor nurse for four years and I'm THRILLED to be going to dark side...actually I believe I'm coming FROM the dark side, but that's another story.

    I will take your advice to heart..i especially like #3 and will do my best to stay humble yet go getting all at the same time. sigh. Here we go again..little fish, big pond..but that's the fun of it in my opinion