To become an OR Nurse... - page 3

by Ednach

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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 program and working in that... Read More


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    You mucked around with getting an ADN & a job in ICU right after school WHEN? What year? Recently? During this recession?
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    There are several other threads debating ADN vs BSN and the job market. Please don't turn this into another one.
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    I am a new grad with a BSN and landed my first job in the OR. My advice is this...consider the very real possibility of NOT into a BSN program right away. They are VERY competitive. Have a back-up plan. Apply to all the BSN, ADN and surgical tech programs available in your area within a reasonable distance. Your career path might be dictated by default. If you really want the OR I would accept whichever program you get into and can work your life around. Many BSN programs force students take the same schedule of classes and will not let you go part-time, which might not work for your situation. ADN or surgical tech programs might be more flexible. This will add time to your path, but if working in the OR as a nurse is really what you want, you need to be flexible. Many of the nurses in the OR in my hospital started as techs...some have their ADNs, some have their BSNs. Working in the OR is very rewarding, as a scrub or a circulator. Good luck with whichever path you take.
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    I went to surg tech school first. Never got a job doing it because they wanted someone with experience. Two years later I decided to go to nursing school for my bsn. I got hired in the or as a new grad. Partly because I went to tech school but never used my skills. But they also hire new grads with no experience so they can mold you. I work with a mix of nurses. Not all have bsn. Some diploma. Some associates. I have 2 kids and I am a single mom. If you are going to go for it...go for the bsn and get it done and then apply to or's and surgicenters etx. Always make sure you follow up with a phone call to the nurse recruiter a week after you apply online and express your interest or else they will never contact you for a interview. Good luck.
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    I'm a scrub tech now and am in my second of an ADN program. I would say about half of our nurses have their ADN, not their BSN. My boss like hire nurses right out of school so that she is able to train them how she would like. She looks at what nursing program you have attended because there are some she just won't hire from. I absolutely LOVE scrubbing but I would recommend going straight to nursing school if you have that option. It will save you so much time and money. Good luck to you!
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    I am from Texas and it is hard anywhere for a new grad. Once you actually finish nursing school ADN or BSN which are hard to get into too also. Apply for both and take the first one to accept you. Then when you pass the NCLEX march into the HR office of all hospitals and demand a job until you get one. Most are internships.
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    ADN programs are a set schedule also. But maybe not all programs are
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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
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    Quote from 2bFNP4ME2015
    To be an OR nurse, you need your BSN.
    Not at the hospital system I work for.
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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 :-)


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