Originally posted by rnmomof1
I have just entered the field of operating room nursing and my head is spinning. Can anyone tell me a good site to find information on surgical instruments to help me???
Gosh, this takes me back---I learned my instruments in Navy O.R. tech school, in 1975. We had to learn them before we were ever even allowed up in the O.R., and our classes were held in the cadaver lab, and we had an instrument quiz every single day. I had just turned 21; all my classmates (7 of us) were between 20 and 21--just kids.
I can't tell you how many late nights we were in that damned cadaver lab, quizzing each other on all these (at the time) complicated instruments (they even made us learn the ortho and neuro instruments right away) and we would get spooked by the late night noises, our imaginations running wild, swearing those cadavers were actually zombies coming to get us, like in "Night of the Living Dead."
One of our weekly duties as students was sprinkling those cadavers down with formalin. Some of them had been there for many years, and were unidentified and unclaimed street people.
I don't think it will be quite like that for you, rnmomof1! Times have sure changed! (We did have fun, though!)
When you DO finally get to scrub, make sure they assign someone to "backscrub" you until you are perfectly comfortable doing it on your own. He or she will help you learn the instruments and all the other little things that will make your life easier.