My girlfriend of 4 years is an OR nurse.
Her being a nurse alone makes the relationship difficult, and until I found this website, I couldnt fully understand why her career was so demanding. I was quite oblivious to what goes on at the hospital. None the less, in an OR room. (In addition, we are doing long distance AND she doesn't speak english... yeah, I'm attempting something impossible!)
After reading all these posts from you amazing people, I have a new-found respect for her, and realized how much stress I've probably caused her... I'm quite ashamed.
Until now, I've demanded quite a lot of attention from her. And I really just didn't know how I could understand more about her career...
Now, I've read through the forums this entire weekend, and have learnt quite a lot about nursing, but I wanted to ask all the OR nurses out there:
1. Can you generously advise me on what you feel is most important that I should understand about being an OR nurse opposed to any other nurse, that I should take into consideration?
2. Those of you that have relationships with people in a non-medical field: what problems have you had to overcome in a relationship?
3. What is it about Neuro operations, and ob-gyn operations that make nurses like them so much? (including her) Are they just simple to perform, or? I hear that many ob-gyn operations can get really messy....
Again, i've learnt so much from this site! It would be impossible for me to understand her demanding lifestyle without hearing all of your experiences!
May 23, '07
Nursing is stressful.... sick, scared patients... concerned, confused families. OR nurses get maybe 10 minutes (on a good day) to learn all we need to know to safely care for our patients before we put them under anesthetic, cut them open & fix them up. They COMPLETELY depend on us. Their safety is literally in our hands... IT's a thrill & completely scary, to be so responsible for someone' life, but a total honor, as well, to be trusted, after a brief "Hi, I'm your nurse while you're having (insert surgery here)today." Some patients are better informed than others..
We run our A$$es all day long (why I'm not super thin I'll never understand, LOL) We get reamed new ones by doctors who think we sit in the corner reading comic books, when we're really wiping down equipment, prepping the room for the next case. It's fast paced between cases... then sometimes slow once the case gets started. It's like no other nursing job that I've experienced.
I LOVE IT, LOVE ORTHO/NEURO, dislike pretty much everything else, except plastics... Guess I like to SEE the fixed/finished work,especially if it's a serious injury & our working saved someone's leg.... COOL stuff.
As far as your girlfriend... lots of highs & lows in one day, let alone a week, plus I'm sure, lots of extra hours.... Physically grueling at times...
Rock on for trying to understand her job better
Last edit by TracyB,RN on May 23, '07
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