OR Rotation!

  1. I absolutely loved it!!!It was awesome. I didnt get to see any big cases but it was great. I loved the exploaratory laparscopy. Seeing the insides of someone is way different than the book..I wish we had more than one rotation..I learned so much today..
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  3. by   wonderbee
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    I absolutely loved it!!!It was awesome. I didnt get to see any big cases but it was great. I loved the exploaratory laparscopy. Seeing the insides of someone is way different than the book..I wish we had more than one rotation..I learned so much today..
    I'm jealous. Unless I get reeeaaal lucky, I don't think I'll get into the OR during my remaining time in school. Only if I get assigned to a patient who will be going into the OR on my clinical time will I get to observe in OR.
  4. by   MermaidRN
    I remember when we rotated to the OR. I saw about 7 (yes, 7) joint replacements, and a hysterectomy. It was interesting, but not so interesting that I'm an OR nurse.

    You'll always get the opportunity to go once you're out of school, if you like. I once watched a brain tumor resected because it was my patient, and a particularly interesting case (of course, I came in on my own time so nobody had to cover my team of patients while I was hanging out in the OR).
  5. by   collegegurl_2003
    RNKittyKat, thats sad that you dont have a rotation for OR i wish that everyone would get to because it is a wonderful experience and shows a different area of nursing. Oh yeah I was supposed to watch a hysterectomy today but it was cancelled. I wish we had more than rotation in there. It was so good because it was so different than the normal bathing and giving meds. Plus not having to do a careplan helped to!! It would do it again in a heartbeat.
  6. by   ZootRN
    I had my OR rotation today, and watched hip replacment and hysterectomy. Surgeon that was doing hysterectomy was so rude to me though, I got disgusted and left before they finished. My instructor told me later that most thorasic surgeons are jerks, having god's complex.
  7. by   jenrninmi
    I had my OR rotation a couple of semesters ago. It was ok. The nurse just seemed to be the person taking inventory, and was the "gofer" girl. I prefer being able to communicate with the patient. Not my cup of tea.
  8. by   collegegurl_2003
    The OB doctor that did the laparscopy with was great. He was like "get closer so you can see" and so on. The person I was with was a scrub tech and not a nurse. I liked it..Maybe because it was a different experience...To me every clinical seems the same..you go in, give a bath, give meds, clean the room and so on. I love talking to my patients and their families. Ive only gotten a few that can talk. But where I really want to work is Labor and Delivery when I get out of school.
  9. by   ganursechick
    My OR rotations were really a lot of fun I saw lots of different stuff, laproscopic stuff, but the most fun was the blood patch the did in the holding room and I got to help out...to watch that have instant results was really cool!!!
  10. by   sofaraway04
    My last placement of this semester is in theatres i get to go there for 5 weeks, i'm really looking forward to it. I should be able to get to spend time with the anasthetic nurse, scrub nurse and the recovery nurses aswell.

    I've watched surgery before but only bunions removal which wasn't highly exciting but the consultant who was observing his reg, talked to me an explained what was going on and asked me lots of questions.
  11. by   not now
    I was sooooo bored in OR. Observing isn't enough for me I have to be doing or I get bored. Most of my time was spent leaning against the wall trying not to fall aleep!

    I saw three(?) gallbladders removed, an appendectomy and three c-sections. I actually got to be scrub tech for one c-section and that was fun, nerve racking but fun.
  12. by   collegegurl_2003
    I think I liked it because it was way different than being on the floor. To me every clinical seems to be the same. Which I guess if it was my job everyday would feel like that. I would like to be in OR but I would love L&D, ICU or something like that. I would like to do something that involves critical care or babies. The places I have had rotations are: oncology, med-surg, pulmonary, and nursing homes. So far I have liked them but I know I want to do something different. I just hope I get the chance when I graduate.
  13. by   manna
    I had an OR rotation (just one day) and absolutely loved it. I saw a lot of lap gyn procedures and a couple of cystoscopies. Something about the personalities there seems different.. not sure I could really explain it. Hoping that I get the chance to go back.
  14. by   shape0fmyheart
    I went into the OR with my patient who needed a C-section last semester. This semester (critical care) we all actually got to go in the OR and observe open heart surgery. I saw a CABG that was done off the bypass machine, it was beating the entire time. I LOVED it, it was so awesome to see the heart beat and the lungs go up and down with each breath. And manna, I agree about the personalities being different in the OR. It's also like that in the Cardiac Cath Lab.. I was there for a day too. They were so nice and accomodating. In the OR they gave me stools and I actually stood at the head of the bed with the CRNA (and his student!) and I was able to look right down and see everything. I wouldn't want to work there though, too much paperwork and counting all the tools!

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