Good day to all nurses,
My name is Emma, and I am looking into going to school for nursing.
What I want
is to become a surgical nurse. The nurses that assist in surgeries, and aid the doctors. I'm not sure which program I should be getting into. My dream is to become a trauma surgical nurse.
I live in Los Angeles, California. I've been looking allover for a good school to go to. My family friends daughter suggested CES of Burbank (http://www.cescollege.com/
) and I made an appointment for tomorrow to go check out the school. But if anyone has different schools they'd like to suggest, that would be delightful.
My main concern is, I'm not sure which program to take for what I want to do. I went to Concorde and I almost signed up until I realized their program was for Surgical Tech. Which is found out is different than Surgical Nurse... you can't really perform surgeries yourself (suturing, etc..)
Can anyone give me any insight as to how I begin my journey into Surgical Nursing? What programs I should be looking into? And schools, if possible. Thank you so much for your time and concern.
Jan 8, '14
A surgical nurse is a regular RN. There is no extra certification required to become a surgical nurse, though many hospitals require prior experience. There are certifications available, but they are hardly required in the vast majority of hospitals. Likewise, no nursing school is going to prepare you specifically for a particular specialty in nursing. There isn't a nursing school for oncology nurses or L&D nurses or anything like that. Nursing school ensures that you have a basic comprehension of the foundations of nursing, prepares you to take the boards and lays the foundation for critical thinking.
You need to go to school for your RN if you want your RN. Getting your LVN and then trying to get your RN while working is just a ridiculous idea unless you have extenuating factors that demand that you get a job fast(ish).
Surgical nurses more often than not are not actually the ones assisting the surgeon. The majority of surgical nurses, per my experience, are circulators (in the operating room but charting, getting things that are needed by the surgical team, etc).
As a surgical nurse, you will not be performing surgeries nor will you be suturing. You will not be in the cut with the doc. The surgical tech is the one who handles instruments and provides them to the surgeon during the actual surgery.
Last edit by SoldierNurse22 on Jan 8, '14
Jan 8, '14
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I'm not really interested in LVN. I want to get into RN. I was informed that the best way to go would be go for my LVN and then RN... But I was to be a Surgical Nurse. Not just a regular RN.
Sorry. I thought you checked the school's website that you linked. They do not offer ADN or BSN. They offer LVNs.
edit: Soldier is right, at least for Kaiser in California. In all my times of being in the OR, the RN acts as a circulator, making sure equipment is all there and if anything's needed, they will go get it. The person handing the equipment to the surgeon will be the Surgical Tech.
Last edit by Kuriin on Jan 8, '14