Transition to OR

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    I have one year experience as a clinical nurse in a cardiac floor and I'm thinking about entering a course that my employer is offering to become a CNOR. But I'm scared to make that change. Please give me some advice about the class and entering the OR.
    Thanks,
    SS
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    I think you misunderstand the taking of the test for CNOR. This is a certfication for an OR nurse who has been working in the OR.
    You should take a regular OR training course if there is one offered. Be aware that working in the OR takes time to learn and then you usually end up taking a lot of call when you first start out. Make sure you can commit yourself to that before you make the transition. Many people don't understand how much it takes to work in the OR. You need to be well organized and able to deal with difficult doctors sometimes.
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    Originally posted by duke:
    I think you misunderstand the taking of the test for CNOR. This is a certfication for an OR nurse who has been working in the OR.
    You should take a regular OR training course if there is one offered. Be aware that working in the OR takes time to learn and then you usually end up taking a lot of call when you first start out. Make sure you can commit yourself to that before you make the transition. Many people don't understand how much it takes to work in the OR. You need to be well organized and able to deal with difficult doctors sometimes.
    Yes, I did. THis test is given after a 16 week course and if you pass you get hired. I guess is a training test for the OR. Thanks for the info.
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    You have to be in the OR for two years to take the CNOR test. I took a perioperative course (3 months)...which sounds similar to the one you are talking about. Good luck.


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