OR to NP?

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    Hi All!
    May I please get some of your valued opinions/advice? I am about to graduate from a BSN program. It's my second degree and I have had the opp to start a med program (1 year) but decided that the FNP was a better choice due to the huge cost of the med education.

    I have also shadowed NP's in an all NP clinic for over a month recently. In my humble opinion, there is no comparison between being an NP and working one on one with clients and being an RN in say, med/surg, or pretty much any other department.

    Here's my question:
    As I work on my FNP, would it be unwise to work in the OR (part-time)? I would also like to work per diem for an underserved clinic maybe one weekend per month doing more direct care patient type activities. No offense to any that like bedside nursing, but I have found it to be unfulfilling personally and full things I do not care to do.

    I'm concerned that gaining most of my experience in the OR would translate into not being able to get an FNP job that consisted of regular, one on one patient contact. On the other hand, perhaps it would lend itself at least to doing first assist work?

    Sorry for such a lengthy message. My best to all of you nurses out there. So, what do you all think?

    zzzzzgirl
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    Here's my question:
    As I work on my FNP, would it be unwise to work in the OR (part-time)? I would also like to work per diem for an underserved clinic maybe one weekend per month doing more direct care patient type activities. No offense to any that like bedside nursing, but I have found it to be unfulfilling personally and full things I do not care to do.

    I'm concerned that gaining most of my experience in the OR would translate into not being able to get an FNP job that consisted of regular, one on one patient contact. On the other hand, perhaps it would lend itself at least to doing first assist work
    zzzzzgirl,
    Have you given any thought as to how much committment will go into the work of a perioperative nurse? Have you any experience in an OR?
    It takes 6 months to 1 year of full time work to become fully oriented to the basics of perioperativve nursing. Most facilities require prior OR experience or at the very least completion of a periop. program (6-9 months) offered at either a hospital or a college. Some hospitals offer such a program in an effort to entice nurses into perioperative nursing.
    As for first assisting; most facililties will not hire a nurse as a first assist (RNFA) unless they have taken an RNFA program. (An intense 3 week course followed by 6 months-1 years mentoring with a surgeon); after which one may sit for a certifying exam in this (CRNFA). a BSN is also required to sit for this exam. There are many programs available at the approximate cost of $3,000-5,000.
    One criteria for taking the RNFA course is certification in the OR. For this you need at least 3 years of perioperative nursing before you will be eligible to sit for the certification exam. so you see, there is a lot of preperation to becoming a first assist.
    Check out the web site www.AORN.org for more information on perioperative nursing.
    Good luck,
    Paula
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    Hi Paula:
    Thank you for the info! I have two friends who have just secured positions in an operating room, and both will be graduating with their BSN this June. Neither have any prior experience, and they are in two different states.

    Tendencies to only hire those with experience for the OR must vary greatly with need, what do you think?

    zzzzzgirl
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    Yes,
    I would agree with you.
    Good luck with your decision.

    Paula


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