Circulator scrub training

Specialties Operating Room


I'm currently working as a circulator, but I would like to train to scrub. When I was initially hired as a new-to-the-OR nurse, my director promised that after 2 years as a circulator I could train to scrub. Well, 2 years has come and gone, and my director has continued to say no, citing staffing problems. Sigh. So, I'm wondering if anyone knows of any circulator-to-scrub training programs out there? 

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development.

Are you looking to change employers? That may be your best choice. 

Specializes in ICU, Trauma, CCT,Emergency, Flight, OR Nursing.

Hey there, sorry to hear you are in a place that does not want to train you in the OR RN scrub role . Not knowing where you reside in the US, it's hard to recommend alternative employers that will train you and develop your role as an all rounder OR RN. If I was you, I would start asking around at work to find out which local hospitals train their RN's to scrub. I know out here in California, pretty much all of the big academic hospitals train their RN's to scrub and have them scrub lists a couple times /week. Many newer RN's applying for work at my employer are specifically asking if we train RNs to scrub, so it is clearly a part of the OR RN role that they are interested in. Best of luck on your search.


Specializes in O.R. Nursing - ENT, CTC, Vasc..

I work for a VA that required circulators to learn how to scrub.  At the moment, that training is on hold for new-to-us circulators, because a lot of the experienced circ-scrub RNs still felt like the half-a**ED training we got isn't fair.  Scrub techs go to school for 14 months or something, but RNs just learn on the job, on the fly.  There's no structured program.  I don't really mind that I learned that way, personally... I just have an attitude where I will admit my weaknesses and ask for guidance, and usually that's OK where I work since we are an educational facility with surgical residents also scrubbing in and doing surgery or assisting.  Learning to scrub open heart surgery took a lot more time, though.  

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