This trend, at least in the Western states, is starting to irritate me more and more, the more I see it. I have been an OR nurse for over 20 years; scrub and circulate all areas; have done all kinds of trauma. Nowadays I only work as an OR nurse on a travel assignment once a year, to keep up my skills. The rest of the time I work as a legal nurse consultant and as an IV nurse educator.
So, what's up with these new RNs in some (not all) ORs who don't scrub, and won't learn? To me, it's like doing only HALF your job, and leaving your colleagues who DO scrub left to do their share PLUS yours. I really want an answer to this.
One time I went to a job interview
to see if I could pick up some occasional per diem work at a local OR. Just for this stupid little per diem job, in an OR that is not even a trauma center, and does pretty much just VERY basic surgeries (i.e., lap choles, arthroscopies, breast biopsies, TAH-BSOs--you get the picture--) I was interviewed by the director PLUS the "charge nurses" of those areas--that is, general surgery, GYN, and ortho--all new grads. Out of the blue, the director asked, during the course of the interview, "What makes you angry?" I said, "OR nurses who refuse to scrub." Every one of the charge nurses stared at the floor. I realized, then, that NONE of them could scrub, nor would they ever learn. I knew I wasn't going to be getting that job!!! (I also knew I did not WANT that job.)
The funny thing is, scrubbing is fun; sometimes, you really bust your a** running around circulating big cases and scrubbing is a very welcome break, where you can almost let your mind go on autopilot--well, you can if you know what you are doing. Those prima donna charge nurses never will.
Oh, by the way--I always take my OR travel assignments in California, and ALL the OR nurses in those facilities scrub and circulate all areas. Are California OR RNs just better, more well-rounded RNs than the RNs in the rest of the Western region? I don't live there, but I teach there quite a bit, (as well as doing the aforementioned annual travel assignment) and I am beginning to suspect that this just might be the case. What is the trend like in the rest of the country?
Jul 17, '02
Mike, THANK YOU for validating what I have been saying for years!!!!
NOTICE THAT MIKE IS FROM CALIFORNIA!!!!
Take note, all you prima donna RNs who refuse to learn to scrub. One day, the tide is going to turn again (it always does) and you will find yourselves out of jobs, done with your years of only doing HALF the job anyway, as Mike so eloquently put it. No OR will hire you, because you cannot fulfill both roles, so are therefore not cost-effective.
Not only that, you will be desperately trying to play "catch up," frantically attempting to learn YEARS of technology that has passed you by, simply because you REFUSED TO LEARN IT while it was new. You will be WAY behind the rest of us who kept up our skills and could TRULY call ourselves well-rounded operating room nurses.
Who, do you think, is going to come to your aid at that point? We sure won't. I am really tired of offering to backscrub with people to help them learn new procedures as they are implemented, so that they can stay current (as well as ONE STEP AHEAD) ONLY to have them sniff "I don't scrub." I just don't understand how people get away with that behavior; never have, never will!!!
P.S. Mike, I have my own Legal Nurse Consulting firm. Please e-mail me privately if you are interested in being added to my subcontractor/expert witness database. Notice, other OR nurses who DON'T scrub: Mike can function as an expert witness, while you will never meet those qualifications. He can earn a great deal of money, and his expertise, in legal cases, may be instrumental in landmark decisions that will affect patient care and health law forever --can you say the same?
Last edit by stevierae on Jul 17, '02
Jul 17, '02
Hey, I ain't no boy. "Stevierae" is a childhood nickname, and, anyways, I am a big fan of Stevie Nicks AND, of course, the late, great, Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Last edit by stevierae on Jul 19, '02