I just started working in the OR last year. I work at a fairly large academic hospital with over 40 OR rooms. RNs scrub and circulate. For about 2.5 weeks, we were in a classroom setting, being taught by an OR educator about instruments, counting, sterile technique, how to glove/gown, etc. Then for about 3 months, we were each assigned a service (neuro, ortho, general, thoracic, etc). After those initial 3 months, we have been rotating fairly quickly through the other services, averaging about 3-4 weeks per service to learn both scrub and circulate. The goal for management is that we are able to staff independently a room in any service at the 9-10 month mark, take call for weekends and work holidays.
I'm curious how other hospitals orient their staff to who are new to the OR. How long is the process, how many services do you learn, scrub and circulate? Any details would be appreciated! Thank you!