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How can I land an OR Job?

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Nurse2bArielle4life has 1 years experience .

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Hello everyone!

I currently work at the bedside on an oncology med/surg unit. I have two years of experience and would like to leave the bedside to work in the OR. However, when I look at job postings for the OR they all require at least 2 years of OR experience. Does anyone have any advice for me on how to land an OR job with only bedside experience? I did see some OR courses which provide OR training, I am not sure if that would be helpful. Thanks in advance!

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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It could be that some facilities limit when they hire nurses without OR experience. Some will only run the orientation program once or twice a year and it tends to coincide with nursing school graduation season.

It also may depend on the departmental needs- a new OR nurse is going to take about 6 months to get up and running. An experienced nurse takes no more than half of that, and usually less. If the department needs nurses quickly, they're going to want those experienced nurses.

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Nscorpiored has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Operating Room.

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What helped me land my first OR PeriOp 101 was the following:

1. Looking in to Indeed, creating job alerts at local hospitals, and being proactive. I would spend days at the computer looking for openings and putting my application (sometimes it worked sometimes it doesn't). If it said PeriOperative I did it

2. Reach out to the surgical services in your local hospital. I wasn't selected for the 2 year commitment OR program at my current (soon to be former) place of work but I contacted the recruiter, asked for specific dates and times, marked my calendar and made sure I was available

3. Update your resume!!!! You would be surprised how much your resume can make someone look over you (this was my problem as well). My resume was too long, included jobs I didn't work at any longer (or had nothing to do with nursing), and had several typos. I had to update my resume at least 3x before it was acceptable

4. Finally, never give up. It took me two years to land my new position but I put in that work. Attended hiring events, emailed the necessary people, kept my name out there, and it paid off. 

Good luck to you!!!

On 9/25/2019 at 7:38 PM, Rose_Queen said:

It could be that some facilities limit when they hire nurses without OR experience. Some will only run the orientation program once or twice a year and it tends to coincide with nursing school graduation season.

It also may depend on the departmental needs- a new OR nurse is going to take about 6 months to get up and running. An experienced nurse takes no more than half of that, and usually less. If the department needs nurses quickly, they're going to want those experienced nurses.

Very true!!!! The program that selected me does two cohorts October and February/March. They only select 4 to 6 people per cohort but literally will have 100s of people wanting to be interviewed and selected

Glad I finally was selected I start this month!!!!!

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