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Jobs after the OR

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by Coral Gittings Coral Gittings (New) New

Hi there, I currently work in an OR but wondering what there is to advance to. I'm only 25 and wondering if this is the max. Are there advancements that make more money besides management? Is going to an outpatient surgery center going to make you more money? Just curious as to what is out there besides management and RNFA.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Education, informatics, I’ve worked with some nurses with only OR experience who have gone on to NP, I’ve worked with nurses who have transitioned to other specialties.

In my area, outpatient surgery centers pay less because of the no weekend no holiday no off shift perks. You’d also lose any call pay if you do that currently.

LovelyElly, BSN, RN

Specializes in CNOR. Has 6 years experience.

If you want to do first assisting you can get your RNFA. If you want to go even further you can go the AGACNP-RNFA route and bill for your services. They make a decent salary and working with a private surgical group could be great (in my very biased opinion, bc this is the track I’m on). Good luck!

LovelyElly, BSN, RN

Specializes in CNOR. Has 6 years experience.

Oh WOW! sorry, just saw the part where you didn’t want RNFA. There’s many CNS programs out there too. I know many OR nurses that went on to be AGCNS’s. You could also go AGACNP without the RNFA part and depending on your state, you could work with a surgical group on consults, post op appts etc.

scrubulator

Has 1 years experience.

The highest OR nurse role is CNOR but that requires ICU training for 1-2years at least and then 3-4years of school. Management is next.

If money is what you are aiming for, travel OR might be up your alley. CVOR makes bank!

@LovelyElly- I thought for AGACNP-RNFA, you have to maintain your CNOR. but how can you if your a NP? plz correct me if Im wrong.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

7 hours ago, scrubulator said:

The highest OR nurse role is CNOR but that requires ICU training for 1-2years at least and then 3-4years of school.

Did you mean CRNA?

scrubulator

Has 1 years experience.

haha yes! CRNA, it was late for me 😂

Edited by scrubulator