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 program and working in that... Read More

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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.

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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?
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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)
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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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