To begin with, congratulations on graduating from nursing school.
So....OR or med/surg, eh?
Not knowing the ins/outs of your specific facility, I will list as much as I possibly can to see if it helps, but ultimately, one must follow ones heart. Also, don't forget to make your own lists of pros/cons. The choice must feel right to you.
The OR has call and depending on the facility, may require a 30 min response time. What this means is dressed and ready in 30 min. If your OR doubles as an L&D surgical room, your response time may be 20 min.
Common misconceptions about call: I cannot have a life. I cannot go shopping. I will never get any sleep. I will always get called in.
The OR has a single nurse to patient ratio, however, the amount of time one has to establish rapport with the patient averages 5 -10 minutes. That's it. If you thrive on face time with patients, this may be a rough point. Personally, I like my patients quiet....or asleep. Whichever comes first.
This can either a pro or a con: Real face to face time/working time with doctors and surgeons. I enjoy their strange little quirks and bizarre personality traits as mine just happen to be more strange than theirs. lol. If a doctor yells...he yells. One must learn to let it roll off ones shoulders and most of the docs at my facility fully understand that one attracts more flies with honey than with vinegar, so to speak.
The OR is not for the feint of heart or thin of skin. Just as there is no crying in baseball, there really should be no crying in the OR. Never give them the satisfaction. They are not worth your tears. This applies to treatment by doctors, and, heaven help us all, staff members. Yes, the nurses can be worse than the docs.
Personally, I find the one thing that makes them insane and make it a point to do it. Yes, I'm demented and passive aggressive. I've made peace with that.
The OR can feel very task oriented and it is easy to get sucked into the feeling of being a glorified go-fer. Not to say that such is not part of the job, but the same type of thing can be said for med/surg nursing as one being a glorified pill dispenser. It's all about which seems more tolerable, I guess.
Let's see...I'm really trying to think of what else I can tell you, but, for the most part, either you like the OR, or you don't.
I'm more than happy to chat this over. If you can think of anything specific to ask, please do not hesitate to do so.
::shrugs:: I blame my idiocy on the lack of decent wine.
There is a little more info that I have rambled in other posts found by searching the following:
"Has anyone ever seen a surgery?"
"ICU to OR, any advice?"
Age ain't nothin' but a number.