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Accepted an OR position!

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by Amistad Amistad (Member)

Amistad has 5 years experience .

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Hi all! After trolling the OR nurse forum for a while I am pleased to announce that I will be starting a staff nurse OR position in January! Hoorayyy! I could not be more excited. I'll learn to both circulate and scrub which I am very excited about. I know that the next year holds lots of challenges, learning, and growth ahead of me! And hopefully my fiancé will understand when I come home from work everyday exhausted.

Thank you OR nurses for all of the resources, stories, and advice you have posted on here!

A little background about myself: I worked in oncology on the floor and then worked for a year in an office setting. The floor was not the right fit for me. The office was nice and comfortable and I enjoyed being part of a family-feeling group, but I don't want to get comfortable I want to keep learning!

I am determined to stick out this year no matter how challenging it gets. From what you ladies and gents say it sounds like it will be worth it!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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Congrats and welcome aboard!

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sneed1o1 works as a RN.

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Congratulations! :up: Like you, I have also been trolling TONS of forums on perioperative nursing! :sarcastic: I have been wanting to get into this field since 2013, but the opportunities in the Dallas/Ft Worth metro are so competitive! I have a phone screen with a day surgery position at one of the Baylor locations Monday...I believe it will be in one of the hospitals, not at an outpatient facility. I realize there are some differences in this position compared to the standard ORs, but at this point any open door is better than none! I would love to hear the details of your interview! I have a little over a year and a half experience as a CV step-down nurse, as I've been told that a lot of the OR positions here PREFER floor experience first. I always knew OR is where my heart lies, so any advice to help this fairly new nurse grow in this field is welcomed! Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!

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Congrats!!! :D I am between OR, wound care, and infusion nursing, but I am now seriously leaning toward OR nursing just because of the post-graduation fellowship opportunity at the hospital I will be working at. I hope to be in your shoes by this time next year! :)

Again, congrats! 2016 will be a very stressful, yet rewarding year for us both!

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Amistad has 5 years experience.

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Congratulations! :up: Like you, I have also been trolling TONS of forums on perioperative nursing! :sarcastic: I have been wanting to get into this field since 2013, but the opportunities in the Dallas/Ft Worth metro are so competitive! I have a phone screen with a day surgery position at one of the Baylor locations Monday...I believe it will be in one of the hospitals, not at an outpatient facility. I realize there are some differences in this position compared to the standard ORs, but at this point any open door is better than none! I would love to hear the details of your interview! I have a little over a year and a half experience as a CV step-down nurse, as I've been told that a lot of the OR positions here PREFER floor experience first. I always knew OR is where my heart lies, so any advice to help this fairly new nurse grow in this field is welcomed! Again, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thank you!! I hope you get the job!!

As for my interview process, I had a phone interview first. I talked about my passion for advocating for patient comfort and safety (i.e. preventing falls, preventing hospital acquired infections) and that in my previous work experiences I have learned excellent communication skills with doctors, patients, families, especially with anxious patients and families. I also mentioned things I learned about the OR at the facility, such as recent construction that was completed, the trauma level, and number of OR suites (showed that I did my research).

My second interview was in person with the HR recruiter and then the nurse manager. She asked a lot of situational questions like "give me an example of a time where you had a disagreement with a team member, how did you handle it". "Give an example of a time where you worked with a difficult doctor or patient".

The third interview was with some members of the OR team. They asked me questions like "would you mind staying late to finish a case if necessary" "why do you want to work in OR"

I prepared for my interviews with the articles in the "interview help" section of all nurses. Those articles are super helpful!

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Amistad has 5 years experience.

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Congrats and welcome aboard!

Thank you!!

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Amistad has 5 years experience.

5,484 Visitors; 129 Posts

Congrats!!! :D I am between OR, wound care, and infusion nursing, but I am now seriously leaning toward OR nursing just because of the post-graduation fellowship opportunity at the hospital I will be working at. I hope to be in your shoes by this time next year! :)

Again, congrats! 2016 will be a very stressful, yet rewarding year for us both!

Thank you!! Good luck with your decision, you have some great options. I'm excited for a fun new year :)

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Congrats, that's so exciting! I also just accepted a position in the OR and I'll be starting in January! I'm a little nervous because I know there will be so much for us to learn in this first year but I'm mostly excited! The OR seems like such an interesting place to work, I can't wait to get started :)

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I'm starting in Feb! So excited and nervous at the same time!

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