I am a senior nursing student at a State University in California. I went through many rotations in nursing college and found that I absolutely, positively am interested in becoming an OR nurse. I am doing 350 hours in the OR as my Senior Clinical, and know that OR nursing is my calling. If you are thinking about OR nursing, try getting some experience in the OR before you graduate so you know if you like it or not. It is definately not what I expected (it is much more interesting than I had imagined).
In response to requirements-I do not believe you need a BRN to become a cir/scrub nurse. My friend received an Associate Degree, and immediately after he graduated he got a job in the OR as a scrub/cir nurse.
As far as getting experience in med/surg prior to working in the OR, I do not want to go that route if I do not have to. If I can get a job in the OR directly out of nursing school
, I am going to take it. It is where I want to be, and if it is where you want to be, and you know that for sure, you should go for it!
Good luck in nursing school,
Nursing Student :0)