Today was my first day of general orientation. I have just accepted a circulator position and will begin on the unit next week. I am really excited but I am beginning to be panic. I have never felt this way about any job before. I guess that part of the problem is that I have had limited exposure to OR so I don't entirely know what to expect. I'm thinking about all the foreign equipment and instrumentation that I have to learn. Basically I am starting from scratch in my learning process and that freaks me out. Don't get me wrong I am so excited to have this opportunity because I have been interested in OR for quite some time and I am ready for a change since I have worked in Med/Surg for 6 years now and I am getting a little bit burnt out.
I guess that I'm writing this because I was wondering did all of you at one time feel this way when coming into this specialty? Once you started working did you find that you learned the info quickly or was it so much, so fast that you needed a while to process everything? Are people in the OR generally understanding that the newbies don't know what the heck is going on yet?....Geez I'm stressing!!!!!
Help!! A little pep talk would be appreciated.