Hi there! I recently had the opportunity to observe in the OR for a day. They were doing a live donor kidney transplant and the circulating nurse pulled me back and forth between the donor and recipient. It was just about the coolest thing ever to watch! I'm also very thankful to the staff for explaining what was going on and making me feel welcome.
For you OR nurses out there, how did you decide to go into OR nursing? Do you get hired/trained into both scrub and circulating nurse roles or are those two separate positions? Do you miss bedside nursing/direct patient care?
Also, do OR nurses ever go back to school to be nurse anesthetists? I would imagine the OR experience would translate well, but it seems like CRNA programs want ICU experience.