Sep 28, '12
allnurses.com has a section that may interest you on "Operating Room Nursing", which is part of Nursing Specialties. There is a comprehensive discussion there called "What do OR nurses do all day?"
I have never underestimated the job responsibilites of a circulating nurse. The OR team could not function without your presence, active participation, and assistance before, during , & after surgery. You are an integral part of the team that allows surgery to proceed smoothly & with no complications. In case of an intra-operative emergency, you are there to assist with stabilizing the patient. Due to advances in technology, you will never stop learning. You are all caring for a patient when he is at his most vulnerable: anaesthetized, helpless, and unable to speak for himself.
As for people who think that OR nurses do nothing all day, remember that they don't know what they are talking about. I worked in an extremely busy 85 bed LEvel III NICU, were we cared for the most critically ill infants, and was told by a close friend one day " You must have so much fun at your job. All you do is sit and rock babies all day." I about fell out of my chair! I wished she would come over for a day to see what it is we really do. Totally clueless people are always going to be out there.
Last edit by twinkletoes53 on Sep 28, '12
: Reason: spelling & grammar check