Quote from TonyFl
I am looking at RN specialties and was looking at the OR.
1- Does anyone like the OR and if so...why?
2- If not...then please tell me why?
3- If you moved to another area...which are did you go to and why?
Thanks very much...
Hi TonyFl, to answer your questions.
1. I like the OR most days. I like the OR because i've always been fascinated surgery, thought about becoming a surgeon one day. I like working Mon-Fri day shifts, i get off early enough before banks or post offices close. I like that i can focus on one patient at a time instead of anywhere between 6-12 patients on a med-surg floor. I also like that we don't have to deal with difficult patients for long, they're under anesthesia while we're caring for them. I l like the team work involved in the OR, many people i work with are great. I like the fact that there is ALWAYS a doctor around, you don't have to page a doctor for orders, or because you can't read their writing or for whatever reasons. Once i see my patient in pre-op i know the doctor will show up so any questions or concerns that i or my patient may have can be answered right then and there. This may sound corny but i'm glad i don't have to buy my own scrubs
because our OR requires us to wear their scrubs, less laundry for me.
2. I don't like the OR because i have to take call. Also, some surgeons can flip out on you. I hate making surgeons angry but no matter how good you are, how smart you are or how much experience you have you're gonna piss off some surgeon or somebody some day. I've seen OR nurses with 10 + years still get snapped at, yelled at or kicked out of rooms. Its very uncomfortable to be stuck in a room all day with a surgeon you know doesn't really like you or talk to you.
I don't like our OR because it is SO freakin UNORGANIZED, its ridiculous! Doesn't help that our OR is huge either. There are other reasons why i don't like my OR but i won't go into that because we're talking about OR in general
3. I haven't moved to another area of nursing.