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    I really want to become an OR nurse, but I also want to grow professionally within OR. I have very limited knowledge on where I can go after being a circulating nurse. What are my options for professional growth? Ex. NP? Admin?

    Thank you,
    Niki

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    I want to get into OR once I gain my 2 years in MedSurg. I've always wanted to be an OR nurse since I was in Nursing school. As an OR nurse, what are is the most challenging part of working there? What are the rewards of an OR nurse? Thank you.

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    Thank you everyone for giving some insights. I'll probably try to get at least 2 years of Med Surg then I will try to apply for open OR positions. I'm also looking into nursing informatics. But I'm not sure how to get into that field either. I'm keeping my eyes open. Again, thanks everyone for your input.

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    I interviewed in one of the hospitals in my area and the manager and I clicked right away that she offered me the position during the interview. After the interview, HR sent me a list of paperwork I had to complete. They hire third party companies to do all these paperwork. Apparently one of the document they wanted me to submit got left out, and they didn't submit it to the HR of my hospital. HR called me and told me I had to submit all of it or else I won't be able to start. I explained to her that I already submitted them and I don't understand why they don't have it. She gave an attitude and threatened me that she won't let me start and implied in taking back the offer. I understand that she need all of those and I didn't say I won't submit them but I was just trying to explain my side. Now I'm worried. Should I tell the manager about this? Can she actually take back an offer?

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    In my facility, if someone called in sick and we become short staffed, hospital staffing will try to find someone else to work for that shift. They try to contact other floors and they try to call nurses from all over the hospital to volunteer to work. If they really can't find anyone, our manager will come in and work that shift until she can find someone else, or until she can find a way to make it work somehow. But the previous nurse can't leave until there's a nurse she can give hand off reports to.

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    Hi! I want to get a poll on length of new grad and experienced nurses orientation program.
    I know this has been posted before, but the post I found was in 2005. I'm sure things have changed since then.

    Me:
    The first hospital I worked at, they offer 3 months of orientation for new grads. First 4 weeks is purely classroom (which I thought was useless), and 8 weeks of preceptorship on the floor. Then you're on your own. This is on a MedSurg/neuro tele floor.

    The second hospital I work at, since they consider me to have some experience, they offer orientation with a coach but there's no set time frame. It could range from a week to a month depending on how well I am able to adapt. This is on a MedSurg Tele floor.

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    Quote from lovetheor
    Hello, I have worked in the OR for 5 or so years and am now a supervisor. I know that many facilities accept only nurses with OR experience, but in our city there are 2 different university hospitals. Both of them accept nurses without OR experience. If you have a academic hospital in your area you may need to look there. The OR does have a learning curve, but each nurse brings their own knowledge base that can be very helpful. If you have worked in the ICU it is a large asset. But again, it is not necessary. I have been very successful in the OR and love it, but came from postpartum and a peds clinic before that. It takes patience and time to learn the OR and sterile technique, and yes to learn the different ways that OR staff communicate. It is a rewarding job though and well worth it!
    Thank you for your response. I very much appreciate it.

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    I applied for a job in multiple DFW hospitals and I got 2 job offers. I accepted the first job offer but a better one came along. I declined the first one, but I didn't tell them that I accepted a different offer. I gave them a different reason (family issues). Now I'm hearing about this GroupOne reporting agency, and I'm wondering if the first hospital will find out that I accepted a different offer.

    How ow does GroupOne work and who can access and put information there?

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    I am also against mandatory vaccination. I am not against vaccine. If others want to have them, then it's their choice. Making it mandatory is what bothers me. We nurses who are against this should band together to fight for our jobs. I found this new group on Facebook named NAMV "Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccinations". And they seem to be very helpful. Terminating people who can't get the vaccine without offering alternative solution is illegal. We need to get together as a group and fight back.

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    I'm a neuro nurse and for me a patient can be both alert and confused at the same time. Orientation and alertness are two separate things. The patient may be oriented but is lethargic or obtunded,etc and needs more stimuli to elicit a response. A patient may also be alert (meaning able to respond with minimal stimulation) but is confused (unable to identify correct time, place, situation, person).

    You might want to clarify with her what she means by "alert" and "oriented". And further ask her examples: "So if the patient is responsive to verbal and visual stimuli but doesn't know time and place, what do you call that"?

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    On our floor, day shift seem to love to pass on things to us night shift nurses, example (PICC line dressing needs to be changed "I was so busy today, will you do this for me." Or "this patient needs IV, I was just really busy) I understand they're busy, they also get more help. They get at least 3 aides, we get only one, they have the PT, admission and discharge nurses, etc. and they always think that because we are night shift, we are not busy. And if we pass on things to them during shift change, there's a huge fuss about it. That's just our unit though, I'm sure it's not the same on other floors.

    Overall, (other than what I mentioned above) there's not much drama and everyone are very nice. So I guess it just depends on the unit.

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    Thank you for that suggestion. I am mostly looking into THR facilities since a lot of people seem to like them and recommend them. I applied at Baylor too. A lot of the job postings seem to want 2+ years of experience which doesn't help me. But I will keep applying until someone will be willing to give me a chance.

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    Thank you for all your responses. It gave me a better idea on what to expect on a job like that.

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    Thank you for your response. I'm wondering about HCA facilities, would that be a good option too? Thank you.


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