Want to leave the OR but not sure where to go next.

  1. Hello everyone.

    I am currently working full-time in an OR. I've been there for about a year and a half now. I'm miserable and would like to leave the OR and move on to a new department.

    I am a fairly new nurse. I graduated in May 2016 and started working in the OR in August of 2016. The OR, at least in my case, has offered me very little opportunities to do "nursing". I haven't even started an IV since nursing school. I feel like what little knowledge or skills I may have had are all gone....pretty much feel like a new grad at this point.

    I don't know what areas would be a good match for someone like me and I'm looking for suggestions.
    There are a lot of ER and Telemetry jobs available in my area, but I worry I won't be able to keep up. Is med-surg my only option? Or would an ER or Telemetry job be ok?

    Any advice or or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Start applying for everything that interests you. See who calls back and what sort of training they're willing to offer. Then, you'll have a decision to make.
  4. by   KrisSik9921
    Some hospitals also offer transition programs (I know CHLA but not certain about others) for experienced nurses to transition into other specialties.
  5. by   Lizfuf7
    After some med surg experience, I dabbled into case management. It opened up a management career which eventually led to working in the Quality dept.
    i wouldnt change my job for the world.
    I became allergic to gloves, so I had to figure out what i could do as a nurse without being so hands-on.
    now im blessed to work normal hours and to not be too stressed.

    I dont know if thats what your looking for, but there are other options out there that can lead you to places you didnt think you could get to. I also have my ASN and learned experience and working your way up can go a long way.