I'm a nursing student who is very interested in the OR and am pretty set on becoming an OR nurse. I'm starting an externship in an OR next month and am VERY excited!
However, the whole post-graduation as an OR nurse thing is still a little vague to me and I feel like I've heard 80 different opinions and stories about it.
What sort of certifications and advanced degrees are available to RNs who have only worked in the OR and would like to continue doing so? (I know of CNOR, though I'm not 100% sure all that entails, RNFA, nurse anesthetist, etc., but are there others??) What are the opportunities available for career advancement as an RN? (Not even necessarily in title, but how can you "work your way up the ladder" in the OR and become better?)
What's it like if, somewhere down the road, you want to go into another specialty that isn't related to the OR?
I hope these questions don't sound too crazy...just a student nurse here trying to figure out what nursing is REALLY like!!
Any help is appreciated!