Hard Time Finding OR Jobs

Specialties Operating Room

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Specializes in Critical Care, Endoscopy.
Hard Time Finding OR Jobs

Hi everyone. I left my first nursing job in an oncology ICU wanting to fully pursue the OR. I have 1.5 years of ICU experience that I understand doesn't provide much relevance for the OR. I've been having a very difficult time landing an OR nurse position and cannot find any current Periop training positions anywhere near me. Can I get some advice/suggestions? 

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development.

Many facilities will only open up positions for new to the OR nurses at certain times during the year. My facility will only offer 4 start dates a year due to the length and depth of the orientation.

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

Most times, one will just have to be on the lookout for PeriOp 101 training positions or practice transition openings . It's really hard to get in otherwise as most places seem to require 2 years experience in OR in order to be hired. Sometimes, if you know the OR managers / Directors they might make an exception and offer to train you outside of a formal periop group program.  

Specializes in Cardiovascular Hybrid, OR Nursing.

Try searching teaching or University hospitals. While it is true the periOp hiring occurs in groups, you could be hired for the next upcoming group. A teaching hospital would have a better chance hiring a newer nurse.

Specializes in Operating Room Charge Nurse.

Look for RN OR residencies. Most places will not hire you directly into the OR without experience and these residencies can be your ticket to entry. Otherwise look into starting at a surgery center. They normally don't require experience and will train you. 

Specializes in OMFS, Dentistry.

Definitely keep your eye out for OR residency programs,  Also, look into any schools that offer the PeriOp101 program. Some do, you will have to pay out of your pocket, but once clinical/final exam is completed you will have an easier time.

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