I did Pre-op for a while and it's not bad. Typically I would arrive about 05:45, get my bays prepped, check if I had enough supplies (I always got my supplies ready at the end of shift the day before but, if there were emergency surgeries the previous night we could come up short). At about 06:00 we started admitting patients. Vitals were taken, H&P were accounted for, consents were verified or obtained, the patient was given OR dress and instructions, NPO status was verified as well as any medications being taken. We'd check their chart for blood-work, ECG, or any new orders. Almost everyone gets an IV tapped and LR or saline KVO and the orthopedist always insisted on a piggy back antibiotic. After the surgeon and anesthesia talks with the patient we would turn on the TV, apply TEDS when needed and make sure they were comfortable. Then it was on to the next patient.
Really, it's a lot different from working the floor. There are actually times when you can sit down and relax, chart, and eat but, for about six to seven hours you can really be running.
Hrm, 9-11 hrs still doesn't sound bad if your getting off between 3-5 at the latest. Here is copy/paste of the job I am considering.
Registered Nurse (RN) Pre-Op Education
Registered Nurses/Externs - Positions
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Monday - Friday
Variable Hours and Days
No Call No Weekends No Holidays
PREP nurses provide detailed patient teaching with emphasis on preparing for surgery, immediate post operative expectations and care, as well as planning recuperation at home.
Surgery procedures include all procedures with the exception of hearts and neuro and service six operating rooms and averages 25 cases per day.
Staff are highly competent and include many certified RNs providing the safest nursing care while utilizing the latest technology