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    mfci and SurgicalNurse111 like this.

    Also, AMEN to the notorious thick skin comment. I couldn't agree more.

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    You all are so amazing. Thank you so much for all of your kind words. you'll never know how much this all means to me that you took the time to respond to my questions and concerns. I am loving the actual work of the OR... a tangible difference I make in these little kiddos lives everyday . I love it and love you guys for helping me through this newbie stage !!

    Time for some chocolate

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    Thank you so much for your kind words!

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    Lou7 likes this.

    Hi guys!

    I am new to the OR and I would love the input of some fellow OR nurses to help answer some questions I have to determine if I am just not loving the OR, or if it is the particular work environment that I am in that is making me second guess my decision to transition here.

    So I'm a new OR nurse who started in April this year. I have been a nurse for almost 5 years, the past 2 years in the ICU and I just transferred to start working in a Children's Hospital OR. I was super excited for the transition but now that I am there, I am not so sure anymore.

    Since I started, I have heard people talking about me in the break room (in front of me) and have experienced bullying by more than one nurse in front of the surgical team. The bullying has dissipated a bit since I started as "the new girl from the ICU" but it still doesn't feel like much of my team has my back (mainly from the nurses that have been there for a while). A lot of people in the OR talk about leaving because they are unhappy (the turnover is very high) and people complain constantly about equipment malfunctioning, management, short staffing, slow turn-over times etc. etc.

    So here are my questions:

    1. I realize the OR is a place of multiple personalities and backgrounds working together, but is it normal for staff to gossip about each other constantly?? I am a no-drama kind of person and in my workplace, it is nearly impossible to avoid the gossip (I witness side conversations of whispering at work constantly). If you see this in your OR, how do you deal!?

    2. What keeps you in the OR?

    3. What is/are the biggest challenge(s) you face in your daily work life?

    4. Do you feel that your OR works as a team (especially nursing) and has your back?

    5. Do you feel there is a difference between union vs. non-union work environments ?

    I really want to give OR nursing a chance but sadly I am already planning my exit strategy from this particular place. I am thinking to gain 2 years experience then find another OR to work in. Its sad, because I LOVE working with the kids.

    Thanks in advance for reading all of this!


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    Hi MinessotaBeagle ,

    Just wondering, did you get the job, if so congrats! And do you like it?

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    Quote from Rocknurse
    You should check out Fairfield University's program in Connecticut. I don't know where you're based but several of my friends went to this school and it's widely recognized as excellent.

    Fairfield University - Doctor of Nursing Practice Anesthesia
    Thank you Rocknurse and Cardiacdork for all your helpful info!

    I will definitely look into Fairfield University as an option. Thats an interesting question CardiacDork about being in a more rural area and if it will possibly benefit you by allowing you to be more clinically involved.

    I think the best thing to do to get these answers is for us to attend info sessions and ask specific questions like how many clinical hours do we get in different areas. Like how many such and such lines do we place, how many epidurals, etc. I think asking for specific numbers will be super helpful.

    Best of luck to all of you !


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    Infotran and ICUman like this.

    Thanks everyone for the strong words of encouragement!! My question however was, not your opinion on how competitive I am as an applicant but-- has anyone gone to CRNA or is an SRNA and is or was in a program with a strong clinical component.

    If you can provide any meaningful input that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    <3 positive vibes

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    Infotran, pennccrn, gelli.25, and 2 others like this.

    Hi there,

    Yep, its competitive. By the time I apply I will have 2 years experience, I am in the preparation phase right now and am researching schools. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, I am the chair of my unit council and Magnet Champion at my hospital. I perform as charge nurse on my unit, have shadowed a couple of CRNAs, plan to shadow more and am taking my CCRN next month then start studying for my GREs. I understand it is competitive, but it is still worth at try in my eyes


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    Hi SRNAs and CRNAs!

    I have always wanted to go to anesthesia school, since before I started nursing school and now that I have 1 year and 4 months of Neuro ICU experience (who's counting, right?)... I'm now ready to start prepping for the application process for hopefully 2018 start.

    Anyway, I am looking into programs, specifically Doctoral programs since the recommendation by the AANA is to change all programs to doctorate degrees by 2025.

    Has anyone, SRNA or now CRNA attended a doctoral program with a particularly strong clinical component ? I want to make sure I am exposed to difficult cases, won't be competing with med students to do procedures and get lots and lots of exposure.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Quote from Been there,done that
    "Overall, I feel depressed. " The fact is , you cannot adjust to night shift and you and your family are suffering. NO job is worth that. You are so exhausted right now you cannot think clearly.. but
    you have MANY options.
    You could start by taking the float pool position. Make it clear to your manager that you absolutely need a day shift position, stay in contact on a regular basis to remind them.
    Do whatever it takes to get off nights. This is your life we talking about here.

    Best of luck, let us know how it's going.
    Thanks Been there, done that. I told myself I would try this for 2 years to get my feet wet in the ICU- to learn critical care concepts etc. and to give me a good foundation if I wanted to transfer. I will talk to my manager again about my desire for day shift. My only concern with the float pool is at some point I would love to go back to my unit for day shift. But my fear is that if I leave that I will no longer be considered for a spot on day shift because they would take someone on night shift who stayed before me.

    I have a lot to think about, but thank you so much for your support and input.


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    Davey Do,
    Thank you so much for responding to my post. The 4am thing makes sense. I will try to acknowledge that what I am experiencing are feelings and not my actual self.

    However, I know that switching my circadian cycle to nights would not help me personally. I can't fathom staying awake at night when I am home and my husband is sleeping and would feel like I am "missing out" on life when I think about all the day time activities going on while I am sleeping every day.

    Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate all the input I can get. And yes, chocolate usually is the answer


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    Hi everyone!

    I am thinking about possibly pursuing nursing education but haven't the slightest idea of what to do, how to get there, different work settings/environments etc. Are there any nurse educators or professors out there? Are you glad you went in to it? What is your favorite thing and least favorite thing about it? How is your pay and benefits?

    Any discussion is greatly appreciated!!


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    Hi Everyone,

    I know this topic has been discussed on allnurses in the past but I feel that I need to let out my feelings and am looking for some advice. I started my position in an ICU in NYC on straight nights 7p-7:30a and have been doing it for 1 year and 3 months so far. Before this job I only worked days (1yr med surg and 1 yr stepdown) I always wanted to be in the ICU so I decided to make the sacrifice for night shift in another hospital and lost my seniority.

    Nurses that have made the switch from nights to days on my unit have put their time in. I'm talking like 5yrs on average. People on days don't leave my unit unless they retire or move away. I LOVE my unit, my co-workers, manager etc. but don't know that I have it in me mentally, emotionally and physically to for day shift.


    The hardest thing for me working night shift is that I deeply miss my husband. He is so supportive of me and I am so lucky for that but I miss him so much that I am so sad and cry most of the day before the first night I am back on duty. When I work 3 nights in a row, I don't see him at all for those 3 days. The nights we are together I have caught myself crying when he falls asleep before me because to me, its a reminder of how night shift is keeping me awake and keeping me away from having a normal life. I have a 4am crisis on the nights that I work, like what am I doing with my life, is there no other option? Nights have also made me feel so socially isolated. I barely see my friends or family anymore. Not to mention I always feel tired and guilty if I get the sleep I actually need, like I'm struggling to keep up with the rest of the world in the normalcy of daylight but losing sleep because of it. I find I tend to forget things more often. Overall, I feel depressed.

    OOF. Sorry guys.

    So as I see it right now, my options ARE:

    1. Wait to get on day shift...
    2. In my hospital we have a critical care float pool. I could gain seniority on days in the float pool and then apply for a position in my unit if it opens up. But the thing IS, whenever someone goes from nights to days on my unit there is never a position posted online. Its like it gets posted and immediately taken down, like the nurse talks to the manager and then she posts it and the person applies and gets it right away. I feel that someone who "stuck it out" in my unit on nights would get it before me... (Am I making ANY sense???)
    3. Leaving the hospital to try to find a day position which is basically impossible for ICU in the NYC metro area.

    Can anyone offer some advice. And, if you made it through this rant, thank you.