preceptor stories - page 2

Dear OR nurses, I'm currently working on my masters thesis about "eating our young" in OR nursing. There is a lack of information regarding this topic. I would appreciate hearing about the... Read More

  1. by   mare-mare
    I went into the OR a little over a year ago, yep straight out of nursing school, and I love it. I do get a lot of flack (for being the baby mostly), but I also get a lot of support. I have no problem saying when I'm uncomfortable and need help, and you know what, nobody I work with has a problem with it either. Many people I work with tell me that it takes a good 3 years to be competent and more importantly FEEL competent in the OR... anyone who does so sooner is fooling themselves... the more you know, the more you know you need to learn!
  2. by   Chrislynn2003
    Originally posted by mare-mare
    I went into the OR a little over a year ago, yep straight out of nursing school, and I love it. I do get a lot of flack (for being the baby mostly), but I also get a lot of support. I have no problem saying when I'm uncomfortable and need help, and you know what, nobody I work with has a problem with it either. Many people I work with tell me that it takes a good 3 years to be competent and more importantly FEEL competent in the OR... anyone who does so sooner is fooling themselves... the more you know, the more you know you need to learn!

    Absolutely right! Nobody is an expert; there are always new things to learn no matter if you have been working for 40 years in the same area. I just think sometimes that people forget what its like to be a novice OR nurse and expect you to do things right. And yes I was told that it would take a couple of years to really start to get comfortable/competent in the OR, so I just ignore or deal with the rude people and think to myself: "Nobody's perfect" I;m going to learn as much as I can and keep my spirits high

    Christine
  3. by   JaneRNBSN
    I too went straight to OR nursing after graduation. I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but my preceptor and I are very good friends to this day. She showed me the ropes and took time to answer all of my questions. That was over 10 years ago. A few nuggets she gave me:

    You are the patient advocate.

    Circulating is like leading an orchestra.

    When you go for supplies during a procedure, always bring two.

    Anticipate, Anticipate, Anticipate!!!!

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