The OR is ever changing.
I have worked in the OR for a number of years and have never ever found it boring.
There are changes from day to day, policy, procedure and technical equipment.
The patient contact with an awake patient may be minimal but you are with the
patient for some of the most critical events they may face. You have an opportunity
to support, teach, and be the best patient advocate possible.
It is all about anticipating events and this is ongoing.. from the scrub nurse role e.g.: Ortho knowing the steps of a total hip,
total knee, spinal system, or trauma set, to the circulating role, advocating for the patient, anticipating the needs of the whole OR team and assisting the anesthetist during all of the critical times.
You will see every variety of patient, and will always see patients that will bring back certain memories.. but you will not be looking after the same patient for days upon end.
AndyPantsRN, I really hope that you can get through this difficult time you are having at work, and remember sometimes that the "tincture of time" is the best remedy... I don't know if a change is what you need, anyway, I wish you all the best, take care, and try to move on.
If it is to the OR, I don't think you will find it "boring"
Did I Mention, I Love The OR!