Hi OR nurses,
I've been a surgery nurse for 15 years working in various areas like neurosurg, ENT, transplant, urology...the list goes on. I am in a position now to either change my area of specialty or leave nursing altogether (bad case of burnout). I have been digging around with critical care, PACU and now need a little info about OR nursing.
OR nursing is completely foreign to me. What I would like is to hear from former MED/SURG (floor) nurses who have made the transition to OR nursing is what your typical day is like, your roles, level of satisfaction (personal, professional), the good the bad, and the ugly. Any opinions and info would be great!
I am an OR nurse in HK with more than 10 yrs experience, actually OR nurse is a challenging professional for me. It includes:
1. Art of Preparation of Instrument and all items need for different procedures.
2. due with different ppl beside patients who are most of the time unconscious.
"some" bad temper surgeons, demanding anaesthetists as well as OR technician. My job is to make these ppl work in harmony, good OR nurse is a good co-ordinator and communicator :kiss
3. learn tons of new surgical technique, minimal invasive surgery, endoscopy, navigators,brachytherapy, microscopic surgery, new machines, video capture, specimen handling...........
4. expert in aseptic concept and sterilization
5. recovery room nursing which similar to ICU care
6. u need to work and act very fast and response instantly!
7. and more.....
Last edit by inches on Aug 31, '02