Quote from spinyerselfdizy
I am interested in going into the OR once I become a nurse. Did you guys have any previous experience? Is that why you were hired, or were you totally new with not much experience in the OR?
I have no surgical experience. I do work as a pt care tech in the same hospital and was told that since they normally want nurses to have some floor experience, the only reason they agreed to interview me was because I am on the floor as a PCT.
I was offered the position mostly due to my passion for going into the OR. The manager i interviewed with, as well as the clinical educator for OR both went to school knowing they only wanted to do OR when they came out, and being as thats how I am, I think they identified with me and saw some of theirselves in me. Also, I really knew my stuff about what the nurses do in OR, and I was great at answering their behavioral questions. She told me she was impressed during the first interview.
So no matter what you want to do, if someone tells you its an area that new grads arent normally hired, try anyway. Do your research and homework before the interview, know what to expect and know as much as you can about the position you are being interviewed for. I think that helped me more than anything. The manager even said that I knew more about what OR nurses do than the nurses she interviewed from the floor, which helped me feel VERY confident!
good luck to you!