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Applied for Pre-op RN position, what should i know?

I applied for a Pre-Op RN position at a local Surgery center mainly dealing with Outpatient surgery, but sometimes there's patients who stay overnight for observation.

I've worked as a RN in a Med-Surg/Tele for over 7 years. I've been out of work for 2 years

I've never worked as part of the Surgical department before.

Is there anything I should I know or need to know as a pre-op Nurse since all my experience has been mainly on the floor? What about IVs? I know it varies from place to place. I'm not the most experienced IV nurse, my average is only 60%. Will I have to get good at it?

any advice and tips is appreciated.

Would being an excellent IV placing nurse be helpful? Absolutely, but at all the hospitals I've worked there have always been people who were better than others placing IVs and when times occur where someone isn't successful, another nurse will come in and try. Just like on the floor you were on, I'm sure you've seen "vein whisperers" who can get an IV in the most difficult of patients. They exist in the perioperative environment too. Don't let this be your source of concern if you are interested in Pre-op. Since you will be in an outpatient surgery center, you may need to sharpen your skills some as there will be a smaller pool of RNs to rely on, but as they say, practice makes perfect.

Good luck.


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