I truely enjoy my job in the OR. Such a different atmosphere than anywhere else. No families or hospital floor issues to deal with. We all work as part of a team. We get to know the docs and everyone else in the OR on a different level because patients, or their families, aren't "hovering around" listening to your every word. On occasion the patients are under local or mac anesthesia and are awake. Mostly, they are under general. My momma always said, "There are some real benefits to working with the unconscious.".
SHE WAS RIGHT.
Patient/Case load per day varies. Depends how full the surgery schedule is. On average, I could have 4-5 cases in my room. They could be any specialty from ortho, neuro, cv, general, gyn, etc....
I also just switched from 5 eights a week to 3 rotating twelve's....it's great! One weekend a month so NO WEEKEND CALL. Those extra days off make all the difference in the world. We do take call during the week...no mandatory OT.