New Grad RN starting in OR, any advice? - page 2

by missb1250

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Hello fellow nurses! Feels great to join the community of RNs! I'm bran new, NCLEX passed a little over one week ago :-) I will be starting in an OR training program at a level 1 trauma center where I will learn to circulate and... Read More


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    Thanks for all the responses. We are also a teaching center and so far everyone is sooooo nice! Even the surgeons are nice and ready to teach (so far) and I can't wait to see what else I have coming in the future with this job. Thanks for the congratulations btw!
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    Get some thick skin and good luck.
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    Very true about getting a thick skin and NEVER EVER cry in the O.R. Good luck and have fun.
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    Relax. I work for a university teaching hospital. We are a level one trauma center. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times. You will learn when it's ok to ask and the times not to ask questions. Follow what you advisor for each service tells you. Each one has a lot of tricks and you can learn them if you watch. Always remember you are working as a team for the patient. You have a lot of new book knowledge but now you learn how to put it to work. You will have some times that you will break down. You are not alone and everyone has done it. Talk with the people you work with. They will help. That is and should be our profession.
    You will do great. Relax and learn.
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    you are so lucky,i just passed my nclex and everyone wants you to have experience to get into the or. i am in ct and they do have and extended orientation program that teaches scrubbing, circulating passing , but the program never opens up, it opened up once in two years and closed in a few days. I would love to be you, so that leads to my topic.
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    I am getting excited. I am starting a one year long peri-operative training program at a level 2 trauma center on Sept. 10th. The first 10 weeks are classroom with lab. It's a class of 10 students and we will rotate through all of the specialities over the next year. At the end of the year we pick which we want to do. After working the first six months out of nursing school on third shift in a rehab center it will be nice to have one patient at a time instead of 24 patients to one nurse. I could not be more excited! Hopefully things will go well. I just can't believe I got this opportunity and have no intention of blowing it.
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    Congratulations and good luck.
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    How do they work the "on-call" if you live outside the 30 minute window?
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    Quote from KingOfQueens
    How do they work the "on-call" if you live outside the 30 minute window?
    My facility expects you to make the 30 minute call requirement no matter what. They have an apartment people can stay in for free (key is kept at the charge desk and has to be signed out). Others stay with coworkers they are friendly with. One or two will even spend the night in the lounge.
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    Thanks for the quick reply. So basically, if I choose the OR, I would have to sit around for 8 hours making $2 or so per hour, away from home, with a small chance of actually getting called in to work. I guess I could study or workout. I don't know what my facility provides here in NC, but I didn't hear anything about an apartment.


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