I am going to graduate from an ASN program this May (2009) and I loved my OR rotation!! I am 40 years old, worked as a CNA for 16 years, 5 of them in an OR, and I am not sure what to say to nurses(esp. instructors) when they tell me to do a year of med/surg and not to go straight to OR because I will lose my skills..UGH! That aggravates me. What I say now is , If I went straight to OR and a fellow student goes to med/surg for 1 year and she joins me next year and we both do 5 years in OR, then decided to both go to med/surg, I say that we are in same boat and she doesnt have that much more advantage over me..?? Besides I am not necessarily losing skills, I am gaining skills because nursing school
has been focused on medical units, not specialties...any input?
Oct 14, '08
If you're like every other nursing student, chances are, your "skill" level isn't high anyway when you finish.
What are you loosing that you can't relearn if needed?
Last edit by Fun2, RN, BSN on Oct 15, '08