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OR nurse in U.S.

  1. 0 I'm an OR nurse from Canada. I have 3.5 years of experience as an OR nurse both as a circulator and scrub nurse. I'm wondering if how many circulators are there per OR suite in the U. S.? I asked this question bec where I worked in Canada there's 2 circulators per OR suite.
  2. Visit  gcruzRN profile page

    About gcruzRN

    Joined Feb '13; Posts: 3.

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  3. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    My facility only has one circulator per room. So did the other facility I interviewed at. I highly doubt you will find a hospital in the U.S. willing to pay two nurses to care for one patient.

    Exception: major trauma requiring multiple surgeons at the same time. Those we will staff a second circulator whose sole responsibility is to run the rapid infuser.
  4. Visit  RN Sam profile page
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    My hospital has two circulators per room and we are not a Level 1 Trauma center. It all depends on where you work.
  5. Visit  kguill975 profile page
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    I think it depends on the facility and the level of the case. Our hearts always had 2 circulators, but 1 scrub. Some traumas had 2 circulators, and 2 scrubs, but a random lap Chole, it's just you and a scrub.
  6. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    Depending on the case there is 1 circulator and 1 scrub. If it's a case where instruments have to be counted there will be 2 nurses and some of cases, like total joints, typically require 2 scrubs. But most of the time it's just 1 and 1.
  7. Visit  kd7hfw profile page
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    I am in a Trauma 1 hospital and we have 1 circulator and 1 scrub with the exception of bad trauma cases. The pediatric hospital next to us always has 2 of both.
  8. Visit  CaliLvr000 profile page
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    1circ, 1 scrub. Unless it's a bad trauma and there's extra staff around to help out. In California.
  9. Visit  gcruzRN profile page
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    Thanks for your input fellow nurses! I was just wondering bec. I worked here in the U.S. and I was shocked that there's only one circulator running around in each room. Needless to say, I quit the job bec I found myself just running around and answering pagers for the docs and the counts we do at the end are so rushed that I felt so unsafe. Plus the surgeons just wanna rush to finish and bring their next case in so that they will not fall behind the schedule.
  10. Visit  kguill975 profile page
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    Quote from gcruzRN
    Thanks for your input fellow nurses! I was just wondering bec. I worked here in the U.S. and I was shocked that there's only one circulator running around in each room. Needless to say, I quit the job bec I found myself just running around and answering pagers for the docs and the counts we do at the end are so rushed that I felt so unsafe. Plus the surgeons just wanna rush to finish and bring their next case in so that they will not fall behind the schedule.
    If you want a slower pace, find a nice university affiliated teaching hospital with residents. I work on the weekends as a circulator in a county hospital run by residents, and we get maybe 3 cases done in an 8hr shift, and those are the easy cases, lol. The only problem is that after sitting through 8 hr total joint cases, you'll be wishing for those faster cases.


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