Firstly, let me say, "Congratulations on your new position" because you have worked hard and long! I, too, am still a newbie, so to speak. I've been an RN since 2011, worked in med/surg for 3 months, repaired a shoulder injury and my second job was an OR position...also my dream job. It's a lot of work. I lost 24lbs in my first 10 month just circulating - LOL
If you can start by scrubbing first, I believe that it's invaluable!! You'll learn more about the sutures, the counting sequence and all of the instruments much faster than if you were circulating first. I started out circulating and 13 months later, I'm still confused by all the sutures, what's used where, etc. Most important is knowing your count sequence. Initial counts, count when closing a cavity within a cavity, when closing fascia, and when closing skin. If you're ever in doubt, count. Some scrubs
and other RNs get persnickety but it's your license on the line.
I have 3 courses left to complete my BSN and it's been very challenging! Working full time in the OR (as that's a different type of nursing school
altogether), studying for classes and trying to just have a life are a rough juggle, but just balance time wisely. Great chemistry with your preceptors are invaluable. If you feel like you're not getting what you need, speak up soon so you can get a new preceptor or he/she can use a different teaching style.
Lastly, a lot of the experienced nurses forget that we new nurses don't know all of their jargon and shortcuts, so write everything down :-)
Doctor's preference cards and pick sheets give you great info on each doctor's style.
Good luck again and welcome to the OR!