Out of curiousity, are any of you LNCs previously-or still practicing-OR nurses? I am wondering if this is enough background to become an LNC. I realize they say all you need is an RN license, but I can't help but think that many of the clinical issues we don't see in the OR may affect the ability to have the thorough knowledge needed to go over cases. I have dabbled on med surg floors, but I am primarily an OR nurse. Is there too much I have missed out on to go into LNC? I would like to know. Thank you!
Jan 23, '09
You already possess the knowledge you need to be an LNC. Don't underestimate yourself just because you are specialized. I am an LNC and I am a pediatric nurse. If you really want to be an LNC, you can do it. If you have a case not related to OR, then you just look it up in a book!! If you can research, you can do this. I have faith in you and your knowledge. Good luck!!
Dec 3, '10
I have been an OR nurse for 8 yrs. and I feel the same about the "lack of" clinical experience. OR is very different from clinical/floor nursing. However, we did go to nursing school and did learn nursing basics. I took the LNC course this October and am in the process of sending out my brochures. I am confident that, as an OR nurse, I can also make it as a LNC. Remember, we have mentors, colleagues and resources to help with that.
Don't give up!!! and Good Luck!!!