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    I finished the ADN program about 1 1/2 yrs ago. Thing is I still feel like I have so much to learn. I am an OR nurse. I feel so overwhelmed some days and then there are days where I feel everything went great. I wish where I worked at we had mentors that we could go to and talk about our day. What works in your facilities?
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    You are an OR nurse.... get out and find a job where you have patients who aren't under and you aren't responsible for just charting and handing the docs the supplies for the surgeries. if you want to be happy go and find your happiness. It definitely is not going to just come to you.
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    regarding the above comment: its not accurate. OR nurses do so much more than that. And.... furthermore..... do you know the supplies ? equipment? needed to perform a surgery? apparently NOT. Dont speak of something you clearly do not know. and... if you DO have OR experience, and you think that was your only job... to fetch supplies and do paper work? you were doing it WRONG.
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    Wow, ozoian, you clearly do not understand the role of an OR nurse!
    Last edit by 4_Sq on Feb 17, '12 : Reason: spelling
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    ozoian, do you work in the OR? I am going to guess that you do not because you would KNOW legally what you are on the hook for. A nurse is a nurse is a nurse. We are all needed.

    Okay I now know that you are actually still in school. Please be careful what you say and do your research before making blanket statements. Do not base your opinions off of possibly one OR day when you had to stand against the wall. Well, you might have been able to do a Foley.
    Last edit by RN Sam on Feb 17, '12 : Reason: Did some digging...
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    I feel you misunderstood what my post was about. I was a surgical technologist for over 10 yrs and went on to become an RN and I am in the process of pursuing my BSN. I love my job and I was merely asking if the facilities that you all work at pair up new nurses with seasoned nurses. I know there is so much knowledge to be passed from seasoned nurses to the new. I have found that some new nurses are rather how should I say....they think they are all that. I suppose I am hard on myself and feel I can be doing more for my patients. I am a strong patient advocate and I am proud of that. Have a great day everyone!
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    We do not have mentors where I work, but at the end of the day when things are winding down we all congregate around the desk and chat. We talk about our day, what worked, what didn't and sometimes we *****. It is very helpful to get the perspectives of others. I would just find some nurses that are more experienced and that you respect, and start bouncing ideas off them. Ask questions, and be interested and maybe they will take you under their wing and be an informal mentor.
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    Quote from mamamiah
    I finished the ADN program about 1 1/2 yrs ago. Thing is I still feel like I have so much to learn.
    You do still have sooo much to learn. On average I have found that it takes about 5 years in the OR before you are truly comfortable. It has a lot to do with the size of your OR and the acuity of cases. If you are in a large institution with teams you may feel comfortable performing your one service but will be totally overwhelmed in another. If you are in a smaller place you will see something you have never seen before. I think thats what keeps us hooked. A constantly changing environment and the looming trauma.


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