El Centro/ Northlake-----Spring 07 - page 75

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  1. by   Pecked2DthByChickens
    YANG - you are so popular
  2. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yang is always popular
  3. by   cupid09
    Yang is the greatest 4 sure, sooo helpful!!!
  4. by   JaxiaKiley
    So, I have a general idea of the type of nursing I want to go into, but I'd like to see what's out there. Does anyone know how I could go about observing in a hospital? I'm interested in seeing what nurses do in the OR, ICU and ER. I know I'm not interested in Pedi or anything L&D related. Are there any other areas I should look into? My schedule is pretty flexible this summer, so I feel like I should take some time to get a better idea of which area I'd like to work in once I graduate. So, does anyone know how I'd go about this?

  5. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I think you should join me in the OR at Zale.

    Actually, I don't know how to 'shadow', but maybe you could contact the education dept at UTSW if that's where you would like to work in the future.
  6. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yeah! Shadow! That's the word I was looking for

    From the start, I was pretty set on OR, until I heard all the rumors about the long hours standing up, without breaks. Is that true? Standing still is really hard for me to do.

    Do you know someone I could get in touch with at UTSW to arrange a shadow there?
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    The scrub and maybe RNFA "Stand without moving" more so than the circulator does. ...And....I usually don't sit down during the clinical day anyway. Thank God for my Danskos!!!! hahha

    Hmmm.....I'll PM you with a name. I don't know if they allow shadowing or not.
  8. by   JaxiaKiley
    I don't usually sit during clinicals, either -- but I'm moving around! I can walk all day -- it's standing still that seems to get to me

    Is there a lot of choice in which role a person is in when it comes to circulating vs scrubbing? (I know RNFA is a different beast, altogether.)

    Thanks for the PM! I'll check it out
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Most RNs will circulate. UTSW does teach the RN-Intern to scrub, but there are scrub techs.

    It is my understanding that the circulator will make sure the OR is ready (proper supplies for the upcoming surgery), position the pt, get the pt ready as needed (cleaned area, foley, etc), document the time on entry, and exit, do the count with the scrub, and anticipate the needs of the surgical team (more sponges, etc), and I believe the ciruclator takes the pt to the PACU and will report off to the PACU nurse.

    I'm excited about it.
  10. by   mysterious_one
    As an L&D nurse you also have to know how to circulate and scrub. I have already learned how to scrub and assist during a C-section during my externship ( I just checked off on that, yeahhh), but I have not learned the circulating part yet. I believe as an OR nurse you will have to know both, in case there is no scrub tech available and you have to jump in. For the standing part, I guess it just depends on the type of surgery. C-sections for instance are just about 20 to 30 minutes long. So once you're done with your intern contract, you probably can chose which OR you want to work in (Short routine or lonnnnnnnnnnng specialty surgeries).
  11. by   cupid09
    Has anybody taken Beecham's careplan class before and if so how was it? Was it worth it?
  12. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I didn't....and did fine. Others did, and I've heard mixed emotions.

    It's a matter of your money and time, IMHO.
  13. by   Spill
    Let's all say a little prayer that Spill gets her first or second pick for third semester clinicals. I turned in the paperwork yesterday. I won't find out til mid July according to Kanora.

    The clinical options sucked. There was a Saturday/Sunday clinical and a 3-11pm clinical the day before our set test days---*********** The rest are the reg 6-3 at Baylor.

    I'm sure we all picked Baylor.

    Any whoo----trying to get motivated to crack a book this summer in preperation for 3rd semester. From what I've heard its the most challenging of them all.

    Any big plans for the summer anyone?
    Last edit by Spill on Jun 7, '08 : Reason: tired and made a mistake