OR Pet peeves - page 5

by MsLeylaBar 38,878 Views | 102 Comments

Having worked in the OR for years, have you developed any pet peeve? Stuff co-workers do that bugs you...daily situations that irritate you? I'm really easy going most of the time but on a looong busy day, there are things that... Read More


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    Quote from Courtney1202
    Oh my favorite....

    Being a new circulator after scrubbing for the last 8 years my new pet peeve is other nurses treating me like a retard because I am a new RN when they were just content on asking my advice on stuff 6 months ago when I was a tech! Sorry to say but... I am hating being a circulator so far. My only other nursing pet peeve is trying to work and train in a room with another nurse because I can never get my own pattern going because either they have already done it, moved it, charted it, put it up, never got it, or don't want to let me do it! I am so ready to fly solo.
    Dear Courtney1202:

    I know it is frustrating to be in training, especially since you have been performing another function in the OR. To challenge yourself and attain a new skill that will assist in your career change, focus on communication. Find an acceptable means of communicating your needs to the colleague charged with helping you. Formulate a list of your strengths and identify areas you feel have not been addressed to your comfort level. Suggest a plan of obtaining the knowledge or experience you have determined is needed. As you well know, some of us are great nurses, but not very good instructors. Remember your experience, and when you get the opportunity to guide a new nurse, tech or whomever, in our wonderful world of surgery, make it better.

    Congratulations on your accomplishment of furthering your education! This to shall pass. Take care, MissRN and God Bless you.
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    My biggest pet peeve: having the surgeon's pager go off and being expected to answer no matter what's going on in the room. Sorry, my patien'ts the one on the table, not the little beeping piece of plastic, and I WILL finish counting/giving meds/checking implants/etc. before I do anything with that darn thing.
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    Quote from SophiaO
    OR Pet Peeves...
    GYN surgeons who ask for my opinion....(im a surg tech with 11 yrs experience..going to nursing schoool.) Really I dont get paid enough to offer my opinions.
    Surg. tech who actually give doctors their opinion...without the doctors asking for it. YIKES!
    Nurses who string the bear hugger cord across the room..so that every time I move my back table my NACL spill all over.
    Nurses who put the kick bucket between me and my back table...so I trip over it.
    I have more ..but I will post later. Hope this made you laugh.
    PS...I work with one of the best circulators who on most days can answer the phone...the doctors phone and grabs a pager..all with a smile on her face...

    That kickbucket got kicked to the other side of my table. Aside from the risk of injury, i don't like someone stepping between me and my table to dig for sponges. I can see the buket just fine from the other side of the table, and keep my feet out of it as well.
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    I can think of a few that have perterbed me once or twice...How about when you have cases all day and find out in the middle of the day the next patient is severly allergic to any latex? why is this in the middle of the day before and after non-latex allergic cases? And another one...after restocking rooms that have come down for the day having a coworker run in and grab supplies from the stocked room instead of going into the area with all the supplies? This person's answer? "But I can't find it...I didn't know where it was...." blah,blah,blah...if your'e there after the trial period, then one should at least make an effort to go and look to see where things are so you can find it or know we even have something instead of grabbing out of a room (especially if there's a case going on in that room). Arrrggg
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    I have a couple of pet peeves. First is when the ST saves all the sponges until the end, then throws them all at once into the kick bucket and announces they are ready to count.

    2nd peeve is having the surgeon and all the residents and med students dump their phones and pagers on the desk with nothing to identify who's is who's. How am I suppose to answer their phones? And why should I have to answer their phones anyway?
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    Quote from MsLeylaBar
    The surgeons at our OR are really good with our time outs...everyone really stops and one grabs the ID bracelet, one has the consent and the anesthesiologist gets the boarding pass, one checks if the site is marked.


    One time, a surgeon appeared pre-occupied so when I said this is so and so, Medical Record, DOB and we are doing an ORIF (it was actually a neurosurgery case and I just tested if he was listening, and of course he jumped and corrected me, laughing.
    boarding pass?
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    You can use music to your advantage especially if you're the circulator. I had a whole case of CDs to choose from and if things were tense I'd put on something calming....all it takes is paying attention to the age and preferance of the surgeon. Folk, jazz or classical might annoy the residents but can work wonders in the appropriate circumstances. There have been many studies on the topic of music in the OR and a calm atmosphere is as important as having the right instruments, supplies and temperature.....all in the realm of the circulator. It's also better for the patient to have a calm team; something I weighed heavily when I was choosing a cardiac surgeon for my husband!!
    I once had a vascular surgeon who wanted to play gospel continuously and vetoed it....I put on something quiet and he was fine.....he also never brought religion into the mix again....at least not in my room....
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    Ohh my god, so nitpicky but I work in CT and the thoracic surgeons are forever pulling tonsil sponges off on my sponge sticks to use them as ring forceps. They don't even tell me. They just drop the sponge on my mayo for me to discover when I turn back around. And I ALWAYS keep both an empty and a loaded sponge stick on the mayo at all times, just so I have both available in case my hands are tied up loading a stapler or something.

    And also they like to ask for things not on their DPC, like a harmonic scalpel or ostene or local anesthetic or whatever. But if I can't produce this for them in a nanosecond, they do a work-around while the circulator is getting the item. Then, as soon as she opens it up they don't want it. So. Much. Waste.

    And being treated like I'm subhuman when I circulate. We have cardiac surgeons who never say the circulator's name. It's just my job to guess from the slight change in inflection (while I'm charting, fetching, pager managing, phone-answering) that they're talking to me and not the scrub or fellow or anesthesia or perfusionist. The same docs punctuate every request with "and be quick about it." Oh, so it's not okay to get your gortex graft on the way back from a smoke break? Thanks for clearing that up."

    I'm only 10 months in the OR but I plan to leave Award-Winning Teaching Hospital as soon as they pay for my CNOR. If I'm going to get treated like absolute scum every day I might as well be a travel nurse and make bank. I've worked a lot of jobs but never experienced abuse like I see it inflicted daily in the OR.
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    I've got a few more as well. How about when a medical student walks into the room and asks what they should do with their gown and gloves. Well, what do you think you should do with them?

    When a resident drops a vessel loop on the floor and decides not to let anyone know it's there.

    When you've got an incorrect count and the surgeons just keep on closing, acting like nothing is wrong.

    When the surgeons are closing, you've just finished hanging all the sponges and taken off your gloves, and the tech throws another sponge into the kick bucket.

    When the tech doesn't pull suture for any of the cases throughout the day.

    When you're about to do a whipple, and discover when interviewing the patient that the surgeons did not even order a type and screen, and the nurse checking the patient in never even thought to call the surgeons and get a verbal order.

    When people complain because they get put in a specialty they don't like for one case. You're getting paid regardless of what you are doing, so shut up and get over it.

    When your relief shows up 45 minutes late because they knew that the case was almost finished and thought that you should just finish it yourself, even though they just clocked in and you've been working 10 hours.

    My favorite one has to be when anesthesia sticks their head in the door and asks me if I am ready to bring the patient back. When I am in the middle of counting an instrument set, does it look like I'm ready?
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    Quote from Scrubby
    My biggest pet peeve is surgeons who after a case sit down and watch as the nursing staff clean up the mess. Most of them don't even offer to help out, I wish they'd just go and have a coffee and leave us be. Then they proceed to criticise us for taking too long between cases (our average turnaround time is 10 minutes which isn't too bad). But what really makes my blood boil is when they start pestering us 'is someone bringing the patient in?' when there is still blood all over the floor .
    I work with a surgeon who will get the cleaning supplies and actually turn the room over with us! He even mops!
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