I will be graduating from nursing school in May and would like to work in the OR as either a scrub nurse or a circulating nurse. I'm thinking about going into a surgical tech program after I graduate because it will teach me the knowledge and skills required to work in an OR. I know some hospitals train nurses to work in the OR but I'm thinking that getting certified will give me more options and make me a more attractive candidate. Is this a good idea or is it not necessary? Thanks.
Feb 17, '13
It's not necessary. Apply to as many OR internships as possible, and once you're accepted, they'll teach you to scrub and circulate cases. If you had completed a tech program before nursing, then it would have made you a better candidate, but in this instance, it won't make a difference. Don't spend more money on a certificate that will occupy another year of your life. As a former scrub tech and CNOR, now a Surgical NP, there's no other place I'd rather be than in the OR. Good luck to you.
Feb 18, '13
It's not necessary and will rack up more student loans and keep you out of a job while ur in school. I was a Surg tech prior to getting my bsn and I got a job as an or nurse with no experience as a Surg tech because I never got a job doing it. Look into hospitals and call nurse recruiters. My hospital hires new grads with no experience for the or all the time. The orientation period is 6 months and they will teach you everything.