So a little background, I'm from California and I've had my RN license for a few months now and I've just been applying to jobs all over California. As many know, it's tough for a new grad out here even with a BSN, but today I got a call for an interview at an outpatient surgery center to be an OR nurse.
I was wondering if I committed to this job for 6 months to a year would I be able to transition to a hospital (probably on med-surg) easier now that I have the experience hospitals are asking for or not exactly because it's not considered acute?
Thank you in advance!
Last edit by nurseC0501 on Jun 15
Almost every area of nursing is a specialty.
An OR nurses job is very different from a med/surg nurses job. I'm sure there are nurses who have successfully transitioned from OR to med/surg. But you'd almost be like a new grad with no experience if you were able to get a med/surg job after working as an OR nurse.
If you're not interested in working OR and have your heart set on med/surg I think you'd be wasting your, and your employers time taking the job.
Being an OR nurse in an out patient surgery center is a job many nurses would sell their souls to get. If you want to work acute care you could possibly transition from out patient OR to acute care hospital OR.