To become an OR Nurse... - page 4

In order to become an OR nurse do I need a bsn or is an adn ok? I am barely in my 3rd semester of pre reqs at a cc and would like to know which way to go. I was thinking of doing the surgical tech... Read More

  1. Visit  adavanessa2 profile page
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    ADN programs are a set schedule also. But maybe not all programs are
  2. Visit  catman88 profile page
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    Glad I found this thread!! While I am interested in other fields of nursing, I have always wanted to be an O.R. Nurse. Circulator...first assist...don't care, just want to be in the O.R. I have gotten the opportunity to shadow surg techs and OR RNs in my current job and I know it's what I want! I am applying to the rn program as well as the surgical tech program this winter...like I said, just want to be in the OR, though realistically and not trying to sound like a jerk id rather be an RN because it's more interesting to me and ST would be a pay cut. Thanks everyone for your input! You help more people than you know!

    ETA: By "rn program" I meant the ADN program at my local CC which bridges to a BSN at my local university. Just wanted to clarify and not start any fires!
    Last edit by catman88 on Jul 17, '13 : Reason: Adding info
  3. Visit  RunnerRN2015 profile page
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    Quote from 2bFNP4ME2015
    To be an OR nurse, you need your BSN.
    Not at the hospital system I work for.
  4. Visit  AZMOMO2 profile page
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    I actually am starting a program offered by the CC that I received my ADN at for their Peri-Operative Program. It's 2 semesters long. The first semester is lab and lectures. We learn to scrub and circulate on General Surgery and must complete 120 cases. Semester 2 is 400 hours of an Internship at sites that have agreed to offer positions in the OR upon completion. After all we are working for them for free and technically we will already have completed the PeriOp 101 course and the 400 hours are "Precepted Cases" so it's a long job interview. We receive Certificates of Completion along with an opportunity to network. I am pretty excited about it. I already have a full-time position so I am willing to forgo the fact that this OR position is merely an Internship, but they do have the option to hire us before the end of our 400 hours. I plan on going back for my BSN and will start classes once this Program is over. The company I work for gets a 10% discount on tuition from one of our local Universities so we shall see. But around here where jobs are tight and competition is strong, I am hoping this will give me a leg up over some of the competition because I will technically have OR experience that isn't just clinical time but actual solo cases.

    I like this option because my actions give me a better chance as an interview than my words do... I just hate interviewing :-)
  5. Visit  inshallamiami profile page
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    Quote from AZMOMO2
    I actually am starting a program offered by the CC that I received my ADN at for their Peri-Operative Program. It's 2 semesters long. The first semester is lab and lectures. We learn to scrub and circulate on General Surgery and must complete 120 cases. Semester 2 is 400 hours of an Internship at sites that have agreed to offer positions in the OR upon completion. After all we are working for them for free and technically we will already have completed the PeriOp 101 course and the 400 hours are "Precepted Cases" so it's a long job interview. We receive Certificates of Completion along with an opportunity to network. I am pretty excited about it. I already have a full-time position so I am willing to forgo the fact that this OR position is merely an Internship, but they do have the option to hire us before the end of our 400 hours. I plan on going back for my BSN and will start classes once this Program is over. The company I work for gets a 10% discount on tuition from one of our local Universities so we shall see. But around here where jobs are tight and competition is strong, I am hoping this will give me a leg up over some of the competition because I will technically have OR experience that isn't just clinical time but actual solo cases.

    I like this option because my actions give me a better chance as an interview than my words do... I just hate interviewing :-)
    If only you could bring that little cutie from your avatar....I am SURE they would hire you.
  6. Visit  ANNIENURSEANGEL profile page
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    I have my BSN. My goal is to be in the OR. But, everyone seems to tell me that a CCRN, is what I need first, then do a little time in the ICU. Right now, I am on a med-tele floor. I have been nursing for 3 years. Are these the right steps to take. I am looking for a CCRN course, any suggestions?
  7. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    Quote from ANNIENURSEANGEL
    I have my BSN. My goal is to be in the OR. But, everyone seems to tell me that a CCRN, is what I need first, then do a little time in the ICU. Right now, I am on a med-tele floor. I have been nursing for 3 years. Are these the right steps to take. I am looking for a CCRN course, any suggestions?
    I think you have to have so many hours( like 2000?) in the ICU to sit for the CCRN exam.

    Since when do they say you need CCRN to be an OR nurse? Boy have things changed .

    When I interviewed 9 years ago as a new grad, they told me I only needed 1 years on the floors before they would consider me. (Never went back, as I live to far to make call )

    Now, if it's a specialty like cath lab or EP lab, yes, you NEED CCRN and ICU experience. That is coming from experience( a not good one)
  8. Visit  Rose_Queen profile page
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    Quote from ANNIENURSEANGEL
    I have my BSN. My goal is to be in the OR. But, everyone seems to tell me that a CCRN, is what I need first, then do a little time in the ICU. Right now, I am on a med-tele floor. I have been nursing for 3 years. Are these the right steps to take. I am looking for a CCRN course, any suggestions?
    Rather than listen to "everyone", find out what various hospitals in your area require. When I applied for jobs after graduation, two hospitals took new grads straight into an OR residency while the third required a year of med/surg before allowing any nurse to apply for jobs in any other specialty. I don't see the correlation between CCRN and OR nursing; they are completely different specialties. The certification for OR nurses is the CNOR, which requires 2 years and 2400 hours of experience within the perioperative specialty, with half of those hours actually in the OR.


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