I've been currently working in an outpatient dialysis unit for more than 3 years in So.Cal.
I used to work in med/sug for 2years,OR for 6 1/2 years outside of U.S which mainly dealt with GS,transplant surgery not neuro or orthpedics.I've dreamed of going back to OR but I think it would be okay to expose myself in a different area to broaden my knowledge to PACU.
One day, one of my pts husband came to me, he's going through Lap.cholecystectomy which I've done it thousands of times back in my country.I explained him that I don't know how the surgery will go in U.S but informed him with my previous vivid experience.He came to me again a couple of days later,the surgeon explained him exactly the same I did.
Also, the other day, one of my patients who's very close to me,always jokes around, told me he's had abd.pain for a couple of days pointing out RLQ, reminding me of Appendicitis.He had N/V,rebound tenderness,too.I told him I'm gonna send him to ER after dialysis to check up.First of all, he didn't take it seriously,saying"I'll be okay,Don't worry about it" I reinforced to explain him how it will be if he donesn't go on time to get surgery.Finally, he got emergency appendectomy that night without any complications.
Do you guys think that it's better for me to go back to OR nurse or challenge myself to PACU?Also, Am I eligible to apply a hopital OR/PACU experienced outside of U.S?
I've heard that in the U.S, OR nurses do circulating more than scrub and have to work with surgical techs.I've worked with dialysis techs,too.I can imagine a little bit how it's like. Also, some grouchy surgeons......
I don't wanna deal with techs and mean surgeons anymore.That's why I'm thinking of moving on PACU.
I don't mind to get oncalls.Been there,done that as a charge nurse and preceptor.
Thanks for comments in advance all.