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  1. 0 Hi,

    I was wondering will OR hire RN without OR exp? I have been a nurse for less then a yr now. I have about 4 months psych exp and now working a on medical floor.

    Any suggestions how to get into the OR?

    Thank you!
  2. Visit  lynds80 profile page

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    Joined Jul '12; Posts: 127; Likes: 33.

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  3. Visit  elle604 profile page
    I was a new grad for 10 months, I started applying at 6 months and I worked as an orthopedic nurse and yes its possible to go into OR w/o experience and lets just say I'm never leaving ever!!! Good bye bedside forever
  4. Visit  lynds80 profile page
    Omg, I feel the same way.. Bed side nursing is not for me!!! I'm in med surg now learning alot..
  5. Visit  lizziebits03 profile page
    I graduated with my BSN in 2009. Here in California it was/is tough to be in a new graduate program. I started to explore other options rather than bedside Nursing (Bedside is what I assumed was typical for most new grad nurses to practice in). My fiance (boyfriend at the time) was having ACL surgery at a surgery center, where I inevitably applied and was hired as a Pre Op/PACU RN. They then trained me to circulate in the OR. I did this for a year and then transitioned as a circulator and Charge Nurse inpatient for Acute Patients in a hospital main OR. This summer will mark 2 years working in the Main OR.

    Long story short, majority of hospital OR's will NOT hire new grads. The exceptions that I have seen are the following:
    - you have done your preceptorship in the unit
    - You have started in the OR (as scrub tech, orderly, anesthesia tech, etc.)
    - You have experience as an RN on the floor, and are accepted by the Surgery unit to "train" in the OR

    I suggest starting out as I did at a surgery center. It will give you the basics you need to understand the role of a circulator and definately get your feet wet!

    Hope this helps!
  6. Visit  LandD_RN_chica profile page
    I was hired as a brand new grad into the OR. Worked there for a year and a half. Went per diem and just started in my dream career in L&D. I don't know what state you are in but I'm in PA. Most of the hires are new grads at my old hospital. They like to mold you. I only stopped because the call was alot. 8-10 calls per 6 week period. Level 1 trauma center. I loved the 5 right hour shifts but the call was overwhelming and my dream job presented itself at the best time. Good luck. Just make sure after u apply u call the nurse recruiter and sell yourself to get an interview.
  7. Visit  born2circulateRN profile page
    I've been a RN for about 8 months now - in med surg/critical care. And I must agree with you, bedside nursing is just not for me either. I mean, I do not totally hate my job, but I do not love it either - most times, if not all, I have that feeling of dread when going to work, unfortunately.

    I recently applied to an OR position, which required OR experience but I applied anyway. I e-mailed the recruiter, got my application routed, e-mailed the DON--weeks flew by, then BAM, an e-mail to schedule an interview. Thank GOD! I'm thrilled! So, I agree with the previous post about following up after you submit your application- so it's very possible, especially if it is an internship or residency program. The position I am interviewing for is an internship, not the experienced nurse's position - I had no idea there was an internship for the OR at this facility, not until after communicating with the DON. So, I pray that all this works out.

    With communication and dedication - you'll find your place. Good Luck!
  8. Visit  lynds80 profile page
    Good luck!! Hopefully you will get into into OR.
  9. Visit  born2circulateRN profile page
    Thank you so much. Same to you.

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