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New Grad looking for fun tips

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by Swalton19 Swalton19 (New) New Nurse

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Hey all!

I am a new grad about to start in the OR and was wondering what tips everyone has about the little things like what they put in their work bag, best shoes, little tricks they've learned, etc! And what you wish you knew starting out. Thanks!

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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kristajaye has 5 years experience and specializes in Pre-op, OR, & PACU.

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Shoes with good support are a must. Compression socks will also help with leg fatigue. 

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11blade is a RN and specializes in OR.

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Shoes-Look for a pair of shoes with Vibram soles. These are shock absorbing plus they are non slip on wet/greasy floors. You will be running to set up your next case before the floors are dry in a room...oops! yer on the floor!

Meals in boxes or pouches that are shelf stable-You never know when you will be at work on-call, or, for how LONG. Some days, it takes longer to leave the OR to get food and eat than it does to grab something out of your locker and enjoy longer time sitting in a chair for lunch.

If you buy expensive shoes, put them in a bag and LOCK them in your locker. This is a no brainer, just like locking your car door. Don't be lulled into thinking theft can't happen in the OR locker room by seeing all your co-workers lockers unsecured. They didn't buy the shoes you did...

Every surgeon, every case-write down what you had to do, go find, organize for that case, for at least the  first 3 months you are in orientation. Make quick notes during the day, then organize it into a flash card system that you can carry on you in a pocket. Don't rely on the computer generated preference cards that usually one person (not a nurse) updates 'in their spare time'. There is no spare time, cards are not updated adequately, anywhere. If you have your notes from the doc you worked with 2 weeks ago, you will look like a star when you can function on your own without having to track down that one RN or tech that 'knows what he/she likes'.

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