Etiquette in the OR - page 2

Greetings, I was invited by an ortho surgeon to spend a day in the OR observing four procedures. Shoulder reconstruction, hip replacement, and two orthoscopic procedures. As a nursing student this... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Bring food...but not into the OR.
  2. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by canoehead
    Bring food...but not into the OR.
    unless f course, it's Junior Mints...they apparently can double as an antibiotic when tossed accidentally into an open abdomen....
  3. by   spineCNOR
    Be sure to identify yourself to the circulating nurse in the room - ask who the circulator is- and ask her where she wants you to stand, etc.
    Don't walk between sterile fields-- i.e. don't walk between 2 blue areas.
  4. by   almostanurse
    what is ppe, and what is ed?
  5. by   almostanurse
    oh yeah, how did it go?
  6. by   TracyB,RN
    PPE = personal protective equipment.
    ed= a guy's name (hee hee) or the emergency department.
    I third "don't touch ANYTHING blue."
    I am LMAO about trying shake a freshly scrubbed surgeon's hands. I have seen that one too many times to count.
    The ortho instruments are definitely all in a world their own. Cool stuff.
    Anyway, if you feel faint & can't get to the door, lean your back against the wall, as you slide yourself down to the floor.
    And definitely eat breakfast.
    Enjoy the day
    Last edit by TracyB,RN on Nov 11, '02
  7. by   emily_mom
    Eat something that will stick with you (like oatmeal, that stuff never goes away). It will be a long day if you don't...
  8. by   joannep
    It would be a nice touch to have something small, such as gift candy, you could give the or nurses as a thank you for their time when you have finished for the day. As an or nurse you never, ever get candy. As an afterthought, if you have a **** day, you'll have the candy ready for yourself as a comfort food!
  9. by   Agnus
    As a student. I asked to circulating nurse where she wanted me to stand. I touched NOTHING unless told to. If invited to come closer to the table I ASKED exactly were and did not lean over the field (Heck I'd probably fall into it) In some cases I had a foot stool to stand on. Even when I was standing back from the table. This helped visualization. But ask for the foot stool BEFORE the patient was in the room.
    Never turn your back towards anything setrile. Follow instructions and you'll be fine.
    As for food. I am amaized. It seemed like the OR always was a place where there was great food. Don't know maybe I hit it on party days or something but it seemed like they always had more and better food (brought in by a docs,grateful patients, a sales rep or someone) than any other department
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Many surgeons I know prefer students stand on a footstool behind them and can watch over their shoulders....that way they're in nobody's way and can't get into the sterile field'll just have to see what he/she prefers

    Just ask the nurses at the get go what and what not to do and you'll be're in their turf and they won't be shy about directing you. I learned as a new observing student to stand with my hands folded to avoid the urge to touch something...LOL!

    (One of my classmates contaminated the field and she never heard the end of the rest of us learned fast)

    'Course when I started scrubbing that didn't work anymore...had to develop the 'sterile conscience' while moving about and working in the suite.

    Also found out fairly fast that OR was NOT my cup of tea. To each his own.

    Have fun and don't be too surprised if you hear some conversations in the OR. Some surgeons tend to be quite vocal and loud...while others will be quiet and serious....some may even quiz the student on A and P.

    Enjoy your day!
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Nov 12, '02
  11. by   portland_guy
    I am wondering.....some people mentioned people fainting in the tell stories! I would love to read 'em!
  12. by   Tweety
    And don't drink too much. If you have to pee after scrubbed it's a pain. I had a bad experience in the OR when I was a student. Our instructor warned me the scrub nurse I was assigned to was mean and not to talk to her. I stood and watched a fem-pop surgery and nearly passed out from fatigue and boredom. The vascular surgeon was mean to the scrub tech too. Just a general atmosphere of negativity in that room. I'm sure you're experience will be better.

    Try to bond with the nurses there, so it doesn't look like you're a pet of the surgeon. Enjoy!
  13. by   alet3ff
    Being a pet of surgeon is a bad thing I suppose once you are in the OR. The surgion is a nice guy, he works for the air national guard as a flight surgion and full time as an ortho surgion. AS my job as the fire chief for the base we have had time to talk and share some laughs. He loves firefighting and loves to hear stories about the job. And I ask him questions about his work. Thank you all for taking the time to post. I will post something after my day next week in the OR.