Hello, my first post!
I will be starting a surgical tech program in August and beginning my RN program the following August. I am leaning towards OR nursing and hope the skills I learn from my surgical tech certification will transfer well to OR nursing. I'm pretty clueless, so there's alot of info I'm looking for:
Can anyone tell me or provide me links about what a tech does vs. an OR/surgical nurse? I.e., are there some skills specific to a tech that an RN would never be expected to perform, and vice versa?
Can anyone give me a breakdown of what an OR nurse's day involves? I know s/he is in the OR for surgery, but doesn't s/he also attend to the patient's needs before and after? Do smaller hospitals combine the OR nurse's role with the PACU role?
Are working hours less flexible for OR nurses, since scheduled surgeries are usually during the day, or are night shift positions sometimes available?
Well I have lots more questions but I'll have to start another thread because this is already too long! Thanks everyone!:confused: