Many people have posted threads asking about the pros and cons of working as an OR nurse. How about we start one thread with all of your pros and cons?
-1 patient at a time, and they're asleep without visitors for the vast majority of it
-teamwork (when it's good)
-call (extra $$!)
-great opportunity to learn anatomy
-variety: can spend 1 day a week in neuro, another in ortho, etc.
-There's a lot to learn
-surgeons (some aren't exactly the nicest- they all have bad moments, like when that innocent bystander who took a bullet to the chest is tanking, and the surgeon just lets out a couple f-bombs at the situation, but some are just generally asses)
-call (amount varies from place to place and specialty to specialty- currently, I am tied to my pager and staying within 20 minutes of the hospital about 32-80 hours per week, depending on if it's my weekend- makes simple things like grocery shopping something that just can't be done on a whim- standing in line to check out with a bunch of cold/frozen stuff and hearing the pager go off, knowing there's no way to get the stuff home and still make it to the hospital on time is a bad idea)
And a couple of links to previous threads:
Great! Thanks so much in advance.
1. How would you suggest that I prepare for a career in OR nursing? I want to make sure that I do everything I possibly can to be great at my job. Any books, websites, classes, etc that you suggest?
2. What qualities/characteristics make OR nurses the most successful?
3. How would you describe the stress you experience in the OR?
4. This question may seem odd but…how is the liability within OR nursing? I only ask this because during my orientation in L&D it was constantly told to me that I need to document EVERYTHING that I do to watch my ***. I was told stories of nurses who were sued and had their licenses suspended or taken away because of small mistakes they made (not calling the dr soon enough, missing something in their charting, etc.). I know that in any area of nursing we can get sued, however, in L&D its much higher because its mother and baby, which is very understandable. The nurses are always reminding me of this and i'm sure it took away some of the excitement. I just wanna know how high is the liability in OR nursing. Thanks
Last edit by dianah on Jul 19, '15
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