OR newbie needs advice - page 2

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I am new to the OR. I have taken initiative and asked to put in foleys on my patients when I am circulating if they are ordered. Usually the nurse I am circulating with (a different one each time as I don't have a set preceptor)... Read More


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    I'm so sorry you're going through this, I have totally been there. OR nurses in particular are total control freaks. I would urge you to talk to your educator again to get several consistent and supportive preceptors that teach you well and ones that you feel comfortable with. It is so important to have this.

    If that is not an option, I would ask these abrasive preceptors if you are contaminating anything when you do it your way (the answer we all know is most likely no). I think it would be in your best interest to pull these nurses aside (one on one) and tell them how you feel. There are always several ways to do something and just because it is different, does not mean it is wrong. You may be surprised by the results you get. I know it can be scary confronting someone, especially when you're new but it is obviously getting in the way of your learning.

    Some people just aren't meant to precept, and I have definitely experienced the worst like you have. Luckily I was able to choose my preceptors and I really hope you can too so you get a good learning experience. Good luck
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    I finished my orientation about a year ago. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but has been the most rewarding. I urge you to just keep plugging along. You will never know everything and will learn and see new things every day. I learned more in the first six months than I have in my entire life even though I often felt like an idiot and wanted to quit often. If there are any other orientees you should use each other for support and hints on services completed. During downtime, have someone show you a few things pertaining to your current service (location of equip., supplies, trays). If there is no one around go into the sterile supply area and just look around. Eventually you will have it memorized. Seems impossible I know. I hated GU also! Usually short cases and no time to chart and the rooms get very cluttered and wet! Hang in there I promise it will get better. Unfortunately there is no book to study from, each facility is so different. The only way to learn is to struggle through. Wait until you scrub/circulate your first case and everything goes perfectly and surgeons ask for you to be in their rooms and are bummed when you aren't. There is no feeling like it! I feel very privileged to be an important part of the team. The things that we get to do and see are amazing. Think about it, it's a world very few people get to see, like another planet! You will get very close to your team members also.
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