Hi there! This is a kajillion statements/questions in one!
I am 2 months away from graduating from a BN program in Canada. I have the travel bug and would very much love to move somewhere warm where I can scuba dive on my days off. What is the deal with hiring new grads? Some companies say that we should work a year as an RN before they will consider us, while others say they will take me regardless. I have been working as an UnderGraduate Nurse carrying out all tasks on General Surgery, Trauma and OR Units.
In January, I was hired as an UnderGraduate nurse to fill an ORT line. The reason is so that the institution can train me as an OR Nurse and will certify me after I graduate. Normally, a new grad will have to take the Post Grad OR Course, but I was granted this special permission to start early as there was a need for OR nurses and I had just completed my clinical practicum in this area.
So in that long winded way, I am saying that I have the experience and I have a certain comfort level. I am wanting to work as a travel nurse where ever the wind carries me. I want to go sooner than later and I'm wondering how possible this really is. I am also wondering if I go as an OR nurse, will I be scrubbing? Or will I be primarily a circulating nurse. I have travel nurse friends who were only allowed to circulate, as in many states, OR Techs do the scrubbing.