Pros and Cons of Working in the OR

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    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?

    Here's mine:

    -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:

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    Hey Rose,
    Are weekend position (specifically sat-sun) available when working in the OR? Or is it mostly 9-5 Mon-Fri or mostly 3 12hr shifts/wk?

    Btw, have u done OR travel nursing?
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    Bella, the variety of shifts is going to vary from facility to facility. An inner city trauma center may well offer a weekend only position. A small rural facility may only offer a Monday through Friday 7am to 3:30pm position. The same is true of length of shift. In mine, we offer 8, 10, and 12 hour shifts with every third weekend, no straight weekend shifts. I have no experience as a traveler but have worked with nurses and surgical techs who travel. My experience has been either they're awesome and just like to travel or barely function and travel most likely because they can't hold a position.

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