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- by tessa671 Oct 25, '00I have been a L&D nurse for 7 years and am considering a switch. I have the opportunity to apply to a 4 month perioperative internship, then would have to agree to work 2 years in one othe OR's in the hospital system (many to choose from!).I am interested to know what you like and don't like about the OR. Please let me know. Thanks!
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- Oct 30, '00 by RHTessa671,
Hi, Im a RN (Associate grad may 2000) who has worked in the OR for 4.5 years. I was previously a LPN scrub nurse. I love the OR. I would not trade any day I have worked, even the worst days for any other job. It is rewarding in the fact that I can see how sick my patients are and how I contribute to their healing/recovery. In school, I could see little effects of my job. Here, I can see how an operation can be a benefit to eachpatient. I do dislike the extra paperwork we fill out. It seems all forms have "backups" and we answer a lot of pages for the Doctors, it feels like a "Glorified Secretary." The call is terible but necessary and our Doctors tend not to abuse the system. The best part of my job is the patient interaction. It might be brief, but it feels good to help ease fears through discussion/explanation. I like the fact that I don't get attached to my patients. In my hospital, we are underpaid and overworked, but surgery as a whole is a family. We tend to stay closenit and have a better rapport with the Doctors and Anesthesia personnel. Like all departments, it is the people who make or break you. I work with the best nurses and supporting staff. I am biased towards OR nursing and plan on traveling next summer. I would recommend observing in the OR for 1-2 days and ask lots of questions regarding call, and overall responsibilities.
- Nov 5, '00 by shodobeI have been a nurse for 24 years and have been in the OR for the past 23.I have worked in the ER and on M/S.I am biased and feel the best nurses in the hospital are the OR nurses.The skills involved are very wide.One minute you may be doing a simple D&C and the next involved with a complex Ortho procedure.You have to be able to switch gears at a moments notice and not think twice about it.I would not do any other type of nursing.The call can at times be terrible but fortunately I don't mind at all.The one draw back that I can see is most new nurses coming into the OR think they can master the skills in a short time.It literally took me 5 years or more to say that I am very comfortable in my profession.I don't want to scare you off but more I want you to be very patient with yourself and give yourself time.Good luck and I hope you stick with it because we need more nurses in the OR. Mike
- Nov 9, '00 by SammyOriginally posted by tessa671:
I have been a L&D nurse for 7 years and am considering a switch. I have the opportunity to apply to a 4 month perioperative internship, then would have to agree to work 2 years in one othe OR's in the hospital system (many to choose from!).I am interested to know what you like and don't like about the OR. Please let me know. Thanks!
- Feb 22, '01 by motherhenjjsI absolutely would recommend going to the OR. I have been an OR nurse for 26 years and certified in OR nursing for 18 years. I currently teach for an internship program like the one you want to go to. If its affiliated with AORN's program it will be very successful. The internship program should give you a good basic OR background and teach you basic clinical skills. You could expect to be competent in General surgery by the time the program ends. OR nursing is critical are nursing on a level with the ER and ICU...depending on the type of procedures that are done at your facility and the acuity level of the patients. I would not work any where else!