I've seen lots of posts on this site about new OR nurses trying to cope with orientation. It seems like people who have worked in the OR their whole lives sometimes don't see the whole picture and expect fresh new grads to think and work like they have been their 20 years, and that really frustrates me! I know that doctors and nurses want things to go fast and proficiently without disruption in the room, but it takes a lot of time, and I mean A LOT of time for a circulator or scrub to get used to things, and that does not give any excuse for yelling, cursing, or even rolling their eyes at them, which I have seen way too much. I know it can be frustrating, but they are trying, and it just produces frustration, anger, and additional stress for everybody. As an RN, we don't have an "operating room" class in nursing school
so when we come in we have to learn a whole new language. My suggestion is that when a new RN comes in, that you get to know them and help them out... and here is some other suggestions to help them learn and develop their skills...and to save time especially for those scrubbin in..
1. When getting the room ready, explain things as you guys open. Tell them what kind of instruments you are currently opening and what they are used for. Point out and name items on the cart that they possibly need opened during the procedure so when asked for them they don't get confused and are searching around.
2. When asking for something, say their NAME and SPEAK CLEARLY, don't just muffle out words. Even though we are trying to tune in to you guys, voices can be muffled behind masks and we don't know if you are having a conversation or asking for something. Also, we might not understand names of instruments you are asking for and their names can be funny...like "tenotomy, or debakeys, or other weird names so be clear and articulate.
3. Also when asking for something, tell them where to find it and describe it. Tell them what it is and if it's on the cart, in the closet, in the core, or if you need to call down to instruments. When I was new there were many times when the scrub would muffle something I didn't understand and would roll their eyes at me when I asked them to repeat it...and then yell at me when I couldn't find it right away... and then roll their eyes again when I gave it to them.... yea please don't do that it makes us feel like "you know what"
If you guys have any other suggestions please feel free to post them here!