I presently work in a tele/cardiac stepdown unit, having previously worked med-surg. I'm considering a different specialty, haven't really cared for med-surg or stepdown. I think I need something more specialized, more technical, and less people-oriented than what I have been doing. I've considered a variety of roles, and one of them is OR.
But of course I'm a little hesitant. It'd be a fairly big step from floor nursing, lots of new stuff to learn. Some of the surgeries can be very long, such as transplants. And surgeons have a reputation for being unpleasant...on TV they're always yelling at the RN for a scapel or something.
But it would involve more tech and less people contact--something that is better for me. I'd be more specialized, and I do better with positions that have a narrow focus. And I know a fellow nurse who really likes being an OR nurse.
So I wonder what people here thought. OR isn't the only possibility, there are several other specializations I'm considering. But this is the one that would probably be the biggest change and the one that I'm most hesitant about.