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Specializing in Ortho

  1. 0 Hello all,

    Today, I was just told by my educator that the manager of Ortho is impressed with me and she (educator) wanted to know if I would lilke to be in that specialty? I said yes.

    Now, after thinking about it, am I ready for it? My background is as follows: 1 year ortho medsurg floor, I just finished my hospital's OR class end of November. So, 4 months total, I have had in the OR. I haven't even been rotated to neuro or vascular. There are 4 of us in the group and the educator didn't tell them anything about specialization.

    So, my question is: Did I agree to be in a specialty too early? Should I just go back to them and say that I'd like to see the other specialties before I'd like to commit.


    Thank you all for taking the time reading this.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. Visit  maeyken profile page
    #1 1
    It's great that they're impressed with your skills. However, I personally would want more experience in a broad range of services before committing to one. I would at very least ask to finish my orientation through the remainder of the services.

    I don't know how your on-shift and on-call time works, but if there's any chace you'll be working outside the ortho department it would be good for you to have your basic skills down in all services.

    I think it makes you a stronger OR nurse to be able to function in all the services, rather than just being specialized in one.

    However, after a year or two I think specializing in an area is a great idea.
  4. Visit  shodobe profile page
    #2 1
    Being able to work in a variety of specialties is always an asset to just being, "the person who scrubs hearts". It sure makes marketing yourself easier.
  5. Visit  spineCNOR profile page
    #3 1
    Will you be expected to cover other specialties when you are on call? If so, you certainly need at least a brief rotation through those areas.
  6. Visit  linda2097 profile page
    #4 0
    I love ortho except for having to wear hot lead gowns and being exposed to so much radiation compared to other specialties.
  7. Visit  NurseLumpia profile page
    #5 0
    Yes, I am expected to cover other areas on the OR.
    But so far, they have been placing me in big bowel cases and gastric bypasses.

  8. Visit  NurseLumpia profile page
    #6 0
    Yea, I nearly tipped over with those helmets