New to the operating room! - page 3

Hello! I have accepted an internship in the OR. I am so excited. I graduated May 2012 and have been working as a RN for 8 months. I start in June and cannot wait. I am so ready for this learning curve :-) I would appreciate... Read More

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    Hi, everyone, i too am a new RN and just completed my first week in the periop residency program. I am so excited and nervous. If i could just learn my way around the OR floor so many wings and rooms. We are using periop 101 modules also. The detailed preference card was great, thanks. Our preference cards are typed up and put on a ring, but as i found some things, like the music are not on there but priceless to know! When to ask questions and when to shut up is another big one! We will be with the same scrub preceptor and the same circulating preceptor for the whole program, I love that. We will also practice in class which is nice. I feel so overwhelmed yet excited. One of the scrub techs just got her RN and is in our class, she knows soooooooooooo much. I have so much respect for that position, i hope i get to scrub often and would like to become a first assistant if i can. But for now i will focus on learning all of the many things there are to learn to be an OR nurse.

    Any advice on learning instruments, sponges etc.....?

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    I have been an RN for 3 years but my area has been sub acute and I became a Unit Manager there...however, I have always wanted to work in the Or setting...I recently was hired in the trauma hospital where I did my clinicals and I start in early July...I too, am very nervous about the transition. I am a very organized person and prioritize well, I I am nervous about the learning process and some things I have read on here say that the nurses in the OR "eat their young"...I want to love my job and not be intimidated bc it's already very hard to leave your comfort zone and come into "someone else's house"...I have read the tips that Canes wrote and they are great...any tips on how to transition smoothly?
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    how is it going, Shanshan? This is what I want to know too.

    we are to be commended for leaving our comfort zone and stepping up to fulfill an ambition!
    And I am being eaten alive-- don't know about you, but the nurses where I work are not digging having me there. I feel like an outsider.
    I told one of them to "shut up and let me work" the other day because he would #1 tell me to prep the patient and then as I am prepping #2 would start telling me how next I would need to do blank blank and blank. Not sure that was cool of me to tell him to shut up, I should probably make sure I didn't hurt his feelings? at any rate-- it was clear, concise, and closed-loop communication.
    I just couldn't take not standing up for myself any more, at the time, I had to say something.

    Anyway, he told my supervisor about it. She was kinda laughing when she told me that he had told her that I said to him to shut up. Different personalities cannot train. I have become someone who needs a certain type of preceptor.

    ... anyway, I am not transitioning smoothly. But I think that I actually am transitioning. Hope that you are.

    So far, no on has asked me to find any Otis elevators or the Eustacian Tubes. Or told me to catch something while I have my sterile gloves on. I guess that makes me lucky.

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    Love the name...I must say that I started officially in the actual OR in mid August...I had a periop course and exam to take first. I met 5 girls that started with me, thankfully. We are doing it together and I love it. It is not at all what I thought it was gonna be...yeah, u get ur difficult personalities, but I def love it. I have transitioned and now I am on my way to becoming an efficient OR nurse. I hope urs is going well too....No Otis elevators for me...LOL
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    I have been a scrub tech for many years. Went back to school to receive my LPN , worked on med surg floor for 6 months , hateed it , now I'm back in the OR where I belong... Anyone new to the OR, take it one case at a time , one day at a time and give your self time to learn,.
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