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: