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Advice needed for OR clinical: Large teaching or small community hospital?

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by ruralgirl08 ruralgirl08 (Member)

ruralgirl08 specializes in med-surg, OR.

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I am training for the OR in Canada, our program is similar to Periop 101, but we have to request a clinical placement at the end. I work at a large teaching center 50 mins away from where I live, we do a lot of state of the art surgeries in our area here. There is a closer community hospital 30mins also from where I live, they do mostly general sx and ortho surgeries there.

The thing is I was denied a clinical placement where I work, but approved at the small community hospital. (I did contact my work and they are looking into it.) Because this is considered an educational experience, I am not guaranteed any job at the end, but potentially I may get a job offer.

The Dilemma: Eventually I would like to work at the community hospital, but am worried I could be missing out on the great training/experiences available at the teaching hospital, (plus I already work at the teaching hospital.) If you were in my situation, and potentially offered both placements, which would you choose? I plan to work in the OR for the rest of my career, I still got 27yrs to go!:)

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daVinciNurse specializes in OR.

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I spent my first 10 years or so in a community hospital then transferred to a teaching/trauma facility.....it took a little getting used to (I got about 14 wks of orientation) , but really once you know the basics of OR nursing, you can do almost anything anywhere.

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ruralgirl08 specializes in med-surg, OR.

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That is encouraging. At this point I will be going where they will take me, thank you for the reply!

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ruralgirl08 specializes in med-surg, OR.

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So it looks like I might have the option of doing either. What would you recommend to train in teaching or community?

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LAM2010 specializes in Perioperative Nursing - ENT, CTC, Vasc..

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I will just say I recommend the community hospital. If my guess is right, the people will be friendlier, and you will have more range. One person in a small OR will do all kinds of cases, whereas one person in a large teaching hospital is more specified in an individual position. You will get a broad scope with the same person in the small OR, but you might get put with a person in the big OR who only does one surgery. EITHER way, you will get the basic OR experience - sterility, turn-around time, safety, etc.

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