I am a pre nursing student hoping to be accepted into an RN program this fall. My goal is to be an OR nurse. I am 35 with a husband and two sons, 5 and 2. I was just wondering how call works and if there are nurses working in the OR that have families? I would imagine it would be hard to not have a set schedule with a family. Yet this is my dream so I guess I'm just wanting to hear from other OR nurses with families that make it work. Thanks so much for any information you all can provide
Jan 23, '14
It really depends where you work. I work in a city that only has two hospitals. One is a trauma center and the other is not. The trauma center has more shifts while the other one has most nurses on day shift and one nurse on the 2-10 pm shift. Our schedules used to be a real sore spot with the staff. We had a call nurse and two "late" nurses. The late nurses basically had to stay until no longer needed, which could be till 4 pm or 10 pm. Also, the call was assigned and late shifts you had to sign up for, first come first serve. So if you were the last person to get to the sign up schedule, you were SOL. Management is revamping our schedule and trying to make it better. It was tough when we were very short staffed and had a lot of late shifts and call shifts. I have a family and my husband travels a bit for work so it was challenging. I stayed on full time for 2 1/2 yrs and then went PRN. It's made my life much more manageable. If you really want to be an OR nurse, spend some time shadowing an OR nurse. I did not know I wanted to be an OR nurse until I went into nursing school and got to observe a day in the OR and I LOVED it! Still do
I also took a peri-op course during a summer break in nursing school and I got to spend 160 volunteer hrs in the OR. I tried my hardest to be helpful and interested w/o being a pain in the butt. The manager and noticed my drive and interest and offered to interview me for a position as a GN. Got the job and I don't regret it. Best wishes. You can do it....even with a family!
Last edit by Ilovethe80s on Jan 23, '14