I am a new grad with almost 6 months of med-surg experience. I have an interest in the OR, but my experience in the OR so far has been limited to a 1 hour surgery I saw in nursing school. My hospital has a PONI program coming up, and I have contacted the OR nurse manager to set up a shadow day. The PONI sounds good- online class modules from the AORN cirriculum, 6 month orientation, etc. BUT, the hospital requires that you sign a 2 year contract if you are accepted into the PONI.
Here is my dilemma, I think I would like the OR, but I am not sure that an 8-hour shadow day is really going to give me a full idea of the OR. What do you all think? I totally understand why the contract is required, I understand how expensive it is to train someone, but I'm kind of a committment phobe. Here is why I think I would like the OR:
-the 1:1 patient ratio
-I'm a detail person, something that the floor doesn't allow the luxury of -paying attention to detail..
-I like the immediacy of the OR, the idea of a person coming in and leaving- not the days and days you take care of someone on the floor.
-I like that you are surrounded by others in the case that something goes wrong.
Are these good thoughts for the OR or am I kidding myself? Is a two-year contract the norm for PONI programs?
Thanks for any info/advice.