I have a few questions for the OR Nurse experts out there. I am currently pre-nursing, RN (so far so good! I am acein' my A&P's all glory to Jesus) and ofcourse, I've been thinking alot about what specialty interests me. I really looove the idea of working in the OR. Although, I have heard from those that are experienced that sometimes what you THINK you would like and what clinicals prove to you are not one and the same!
I also know that the chances of starting there as a new grad are slim, but that's OK, because I would like to gain experience in other areas. But I have always found the surgical world interesting. I am especially interested in the role of RN First Assistant. I know that this is a more specialized role and this would be WAY down the road for me, but could any of you that know much about RNFA's share? Especially if you are one your self. I've read some info on the AORN sites, the basics, but that is not the same as hearing from you guys who do this everyday. Also, I have read on some other threads that some people feel that the effort isn't worth it, because of alot of hospitals just using ST's to first assist, or interns etc. What about a scrub nurse? Do they mainly pass instruments to surgeon, assess patient, etc. or is there much more to it?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!