Ok, First let me say that I've been in the O.R. for about 15 years (give or take) Most of that has been as a scrub tech. I went back to school about 3 yrs ago and got my RN license. When I graduated, I naturally went into the O.R. With my experience as a scrub, I was perfect for the position...or so I thought. So from someone who is in the same shoes as you are, here is some sage advise I wish someone had given me.
What you need to do is to get a regular med surg position (you know, taking care of patients on the floor like you did in Clinicals) But I want to be in the O.R. you say...So here is WHY you need to be a "Floor" nurse FIRST! As a new grad, you are taking baby steps so to speak, regardless of how good you were as a student. You NEED to FIRST learn to be a nurse. That requires you to practice assessments, time management, giving meds, lab values etc. All the basic critical thinking skills you will need as a nurse. Second, you need to refresh your Surg Tech skills. I would recommend a surgical tech school for that of at least 11 months to 1 year in duration that is accredited or you can get a job as a surg tech. or take the certification exam for scrub techs.
I recommend that you keep working on the floor as a staff nurse for 2 years. You need to be able to automatically look at labs and know when they are off, or dangerous. You also need to know medications and which ones react to each other and so on. You also need to organize your time and nothing will help with that than taking 5 patients on the floor. I didn't understand at first why this was necessary, but having been in both roles in the operating room now, I understand that you need at least one year of nursing experience under your belt before considering a nursing job in the operating room.
Some hospitals offer a peri-operative 101 course, but that is very basic and is meant for people who have NO previous operating room exposure. I wish I had worked on the floor for a year, it would've made my transition easier. It is also hard sometimes to remember what is a scrub tech role and what is a nurse role. If you are lucky to get an awesome preceptor, you won't find it too hard, but the realities of the O.R. are anything but. I don't have to tell you how cut throat the O.R. can be, and believe me, I've worked in wonderful O.R's too. You need to be fast, complete your assessment of the patient quickly and also set up the room quickly. As the nurse in the room, you will be doing a lot more that you did as a tech. So if this is really where you want to be, do it right and work on the floor for a year before you consider going back to the O.R. you will save yourself a lot of headaches later.