Fracturenurse thanks for your post! I am going through a similar hell. I am also an experienced OR Nurse. I have my CNOR and have followed AORN Standards through my career. I have moved to a new state as well. I am torn as to what do to. What did you do with your situation?
The folks I work with are nice people, but they have NO
standards. The constant cussing is even done in areas where patients family can hear them. I thought about going to my Nurse Manager, but her language could rival a crusty old sailor!
I am one of three people who actually change when we get to work. The others wear their OR scrubs
to and from work. Which I guess doesn't matter when they wear exposed Long sleeves/turtlenecks under their scrubs. The Scrub Techs scrub in for cases with LONG SLEEVES! How is that even possible? They don't wear masks in rooms where cases are open and set up. One surgeon refuses to have the OR door closed while a case is going on.
Eating . . . they walk around eating and drinking IN THE ROOMS! I even had an Anesthesiologist ask me to get him a fresh coffee! I explained "If I wanted to be a Coffee Barista I would apply at Starbucks, I heard the benefits were good." He was not very happy, but too bad! I cannot sink to their level and bring coffee into the OR. I just learned last week that they flash
their instruments between total joint cases. While observing my preceptor prep a shoulder, she started in the pit and worked out. I mentioned these practices to another nurse who seemed to be more "with it" I was told "That is what pre-op antibiotics are for."
Last week I witnessed our Rad Tech giving the Ortho Rep a crash course in running the C-ARM during a case so he could leave the room for a couple minutes. I stopped him when he got to the door and said that it was unacceptable for him to do that. He didn't see why.
Anesthesia leaves the rooms for "potty breaks" with out anyone to relieve them. REALLY!!!
Counts . . . They don't count suture needles under 11mm. There is only one Tech that counts suture needles correctly. The others count multipacks without opening them! Even when they are open they can't be bothered to count them individually. Last week I had a "seasoned" Tech drop plain 4x4's onto the mayo of a Student Tech! When I asked for them to be handed off and replaced with Raytec the Tech with "experience" thought I was nuts! The case was a thyroidectomy. I witnessed my preceptor not bother to count anything on a case. I could go on . . . and on.
They do know better, as I was told not to do things like this when they were under audit. Seriously? Thanks for the warning?
I have been there just under a month. My gut says "don't go back, just start looking for a new job." I have never just walked away from a position. I am sure since I am still on orientation they will just ask me to leave if I give two weeks notice. Any advice?