I was hired straight into the OR from nursing school
. It has been the best choice (next to marrying my wife) of my life. I love the OR. I love the one to one patient nurse ratio. I love having a sedated patient. I love the first 5-15 minutes when I meet the patient and their loved ones, establishing a rapport and letting them know that we will take very good care of them. I like the feeling that I get when I ease a patient's fear of the unknown. I like knowing (even if the surgeon doesn't know it) That My scrub and I are the ones responsible for a smooth flowing operation. We have all the necessary equip. and supplies, and when the surgeon doesn't know how (it DOES happen), we tell them how to use it. We are respected (for the most part) by the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and the CRNAs, and we get along just fine. The OR is a very laid back place. The Docs and nurses are familiar with each other. The formality is at a minimum. I do feel compelled to call most of the Surgeons and Anesthesiologists Dr. So-And-So, but most of the residents and I are on first name basis, as well as some of the attendings.
I will stay in the OR until such time as I can get into the office with a surgeon that I like and respect, or until I continue on to become a nurse practitioner.
I love the OR and I cannot say it enough.
In my institution, the new OR nurse is not thrown in to the wolves. There is a 4-6 month gereral surgery orientation, followed by another 4-6 months specialty orientation. You are with a preceptor. You will become familiar with your policies and procedures and how to do you job before you are set out alone.
Nurses that do not like the OR, or cannot grasp the concept of the OR usually find out before the first month is up. You cannot go wrong giving it a try.
BUT - it is not always easy to get into the OR right out of school.
I hope that i have been helpful without being too chatty. I am sure that there will be more and even better responses to follow!!
Enjoy your carreer!!