Hi! I'm an RN and I'm in the O.R. course. I need to write a paper on what attracts nurses to OR nursing and what keeps them there...if anyone could give me their experiences and opinions it would be greatly appreciated!
Mar 19, '01
Hi there. I am also an RN, in an OR course...Glad to meet you!! I remember when I first saw the posting for a reg. PT position in our hospitals' OR. I thought, could I do that? I knew that I had loved the very little time I had spent in the OR as a student.... Not having the course, and not having been a nurse for more than five years, in a few different areas in that time....I was unsure if I should make the attempt at an other move. I applied anyway....with lots of the girls encouraging me to do so. It is great in many ways.......number one? I knew the chance for fulltime there in the near future was better than on the floors. I get called to work all the time, being spcialized has its perks for sure.!! I love the hours, I don't mind the call. This may sound awful........but not having to deal with some of the pts., and their families is really nice too. I enjoyed the surgical floor I worked on......most of the time. I am the type to joke around with my pts. I do miss that. It is such an interesting area to be in....... I am really glad I made the switch...I still work the floors on occasion..to keep my hand in it. Each time I am there, I remember how much I love being in the OR. It is areally neat family in there!! Good luck
Mar 19, '01
Hi! Thanks for writing back...I feel the same way as you...it's kind of a nice change not having to deal with bedpans as well as difficult patients/families! I know, it sounds awful, but that's why we picked the OR! I'm enjoying my course, but there's so much to learn that I hope I feel more confident as time goes on. Good luck to you too!!!!
Mar 20, '01
When I graduated from nursing school
I didnt know what I wanted to do but I always thought the operating room was fasinating so I went. I got a great orientation and I have been in the OR now for 10years. I am a traveling nurse now and have been doing it for 5 years. There is nothing like it..you definetly dont learn it in nursing school. There is alot to learn and it takes about a year for that "light to go on" where you feel comfortable doing most cases and you learn something new everyday in the OR.Good luck and enjoy.
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