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Introductions: New-grad RN/OR nurse

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by kelci22 kelci22 (Member) Member

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Hi everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself to this forum. I have a feeling I will be frequenting these pages often;). I just graduated with my BSN in June and I took my nclex yesterday (I'm still waiting for my results). I live in the Seattle area and I have been accepted into an OR residency/internship that will start next month! I am soooo excited to be an OR nurse!! I was able to do a 10 week clinical in an OR during nursing school, which solidified my love for my new career. I knew I wanted to be an OR nurse during my first quarter of nursing school when we did cadaver labs..everyone thought I was weird, but I love anatomy, blood, and guts! The only thing that's made me nausous so far is the cement they use for joint replacements:uhoh21:

Anyway, YAY for OR nurses....you are our teachers and mentors

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GadgetRN71 has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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Welcome!!! I hope everything goes great for you...You'll find that these boards are a wonderful resource and it is also a good place to come to if you need to vent(I should know-I've done plenty of that lately!!:lol2:). OR nursing is an awesome specialty-I'm never bored!

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Chaoticdreams33 has 6 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Psych, substance abuse, MR-DD.

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[color=sandybrown]congrats! share your experiences with us.

i too am a new grad and i've been working on a surgical floor for 2 months but am hopefully going to start or training in september!

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Chaoticdreams33 has 6 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Psych, substance abuse, MR-DD.

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention:

A 10 week clinical in the OR!!! I am SO jealous, we only got ONE day...

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eyenurse1978 has 29 years experience and specializes in Ophthalmology Operating Room.

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I have been an OR nurse for most of my nursing career, 29 years, and once an OR nurse, always an OR nurse. I am new to this forum but not to field. You will love it. There are so many areas to branch out to. Learn all you can. Be a sponge and soak it all in and always remember when the time comes, share what you have learned with the next newbie, that's how we keep our speciality alive. I am an ASC Nursing Director, Ophthalmology based, but I have my CNOR and keep up with all aspects of nursing, not just the eye. I have trained several nurses and techs here at our ASC in basic perioperative nursing and techs to scrub and in sterilization of instruments, etc. Good Luck in the beginning of what I hope for you is a long and happy OR career!!

:welcome:to the OR!!

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome!

Chaoticdreams: I was able to do a quarter-long clinical in the OR for my "Senior Practicum" during my last quarter of school, which is a 24 hour/week intensive clinical experience that was required for graduation. I start my classes/clinicals mid-September, so I'll let you know how it's going! Best of luck to you getting a job! I also have experience working on surgical floors as a tech for the last 5 years, and I really liked it because it was the patient population I wanted to work with, so at least I was able to get a small taste of surgery. It's just not the OR...:)

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I, too, am a new grad in the OR. Just started my nurse-internship and I'm so overwhelmed with all of the information! So glad to have a forum like this though. Good luck to all the new OR nurses!

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Chaoticdreams33 has 6 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Psych, substance abuse, MR-DD.

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I, too, am a new grad in the OR. Just started my nurse-internship and I'm so overwhelmed with all of the information! So glad to have a forum like this though. Good luck to all the new OR nurses!

Thank you and congrats to you:) How is it going with your internship?

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JamieRN2007 specializes in OR.

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So I'm not alone? HA! I worked for 3 years as a PCA on CRAZY med-surg unit, graduated from nursing school, and now I'm in an OR internship at the same hospital where I was a PCA. I so love my job! That's the beauty of nursing-- There are so many options to suit all different kinds of people. A few problems I'm running into are other nursing staff both from my old unit, and from the OR. The nurses from the med-surg unit think my decision was a "stupid" one because they say I'll "lose my skills". What if I never want to be a floor nurse... EVER?!? They said that it's wrong to go to a specialty like the OR without at least 2 years as a floor nurse. Now for the other side-- The OR at my hospital is going through a bit of management transition. A lot of the staff have pulled me aside telling me that staffing is horrible, managers don't care about the nurses, and that everyone is quitting because it's so bad. They're telling us (nurse interns) that we're nuts to even want to be in a place like that. I don't see it, but then again, maybe we're in our own little intern-world! Is anyone else running into this? I would love to hear from new grads in the OR as well as not-so-new nurses! Something to think about-- Do you think the older nurses encourage 2 years on the floor before going to the OR because they feel like we need to "do time" there because they had to? I'm curious to hear everyone's opinions! THANKS!

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JamieRN2007..

I am also a new grad and started in the OR this summer. The same things you are experiencing, I am experiencing..right down to the "you will lose your skills" or "managers are horrible and everyone is quitting" remarks. I can relate, but I am also very new and uber enthusiastic about the OR. Still, there are always those people who love to scare you, or gossip, or have just become disgruntled and need to rough up the newbies. As far as I'm concerned, I love my job and won't let my "loss of skills or lack of good management" scare me until I am personally affected by it.

Also, about the 2 year floor nurse rule? There are way too many options in nursing to work in an area that you do not like. Personally, I never really liked floor nursing and if you think about it, in alot of hospitals floor nursing has become a "specialty" in of itself. For example, you could get experience on a GI floor for two years, but how much will that help you later on if you go work on a cardiac or ortho floor.

That is at least my reasoning. I am working with two other nurses who are new to the OR. One with three years experience in the ED and the other with 10 years experience in Medsurg. We experience the same struggles as new OR nurses, it doesn't appear that their experience has helped them greatly in this particular specialty. It's just too different! The term they best used to describe it is feeling like a fish out of water.

Soooo to make a long story short, I can completely agree with you. I would love to hear from other nurses who "done their time" on the floor before going into the OR.

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