learn to scrub?

  1. I'm a relatively new RN and I really want to work in the OR. Long story short, but I couldnt find a job right away, so I took the first thing that came along. I work on a surgical floor in a teaching hospital, and I know I'm getting excellent experience. So I'm telling myself that I will stay with floor nursing for at least a year, but then I want to seriously try to get into the OR. I remember at the hospital where I had clinicals, the RNs didnt scrub, only circulated. But where I work now, the RNs also have to learn to scrub. I know the OR can be intimidating to work in, and having to learn 2 roles in a new environment can make it even more of a challenge....so my question to those who work in the OR, should I spend the time/money and learn to scrub before I get into the OR? I know its not a requirement, but it might make me more competitive. I'm really torn because taking those classes will be time consuming and I dont want to feel like I wasted my money if I dont really need to.

    Besides learning to scrub, any other advice on how I can get my foot in the OR?
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  3. by   Argo
    Apply for every or job you see even if it asks for experience. When you get an interview seem ready, willing and able as well as eager.
  4. by   ChristineAdrianaRN
    I accepted a scrubulator position with no experience doing either (I, too, came from a surgical floor). I did not take a scrub tech class beforehand, though I had taken in college a periop elective. I was *vaguely* familiar with things in the OR, but really, all of my training came hands-on in the OR after I got the job. I spent an afternoon with my educator going over sterile technique (gowning and gloving and whatnot), basic instruments, prepping, and draping. After that it's been pretty much learning as I go, case-by-case. I suppose a scrub tech class would be helpful, but I don't think it's required. I don't regret not having taken one.
  5. by   ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.
    You should try to find a perioperative courses offered at colleges. They usually have clinicals---it can go on your resume, looks very good, and then u might be able to get hired where u did your clinical. My sister did that. She can give you some insight. Her name is OR/GI Nurse Lisa
  6. by   ctersi01
    If you can take a PeriOp 101 class from the AORN you will learn what you need to know. I think investing the time and money in a Surgical Tech. class is a little much. They actually learn a lot and it's not a short program.