I think that your OR educator and management is NUTS to expect a new person to fully function after the third day in a specialty. I remember that after I got out of my internship, I saw a lot of cases I'd never seen before and either the scrub knew enough to share with me and the docs preference cards gave me some idea of what I needed to do, or I'd run to someone who knew this doc for more info about both the doc and the procedure.
How many rooms is your OR? That can also make a difference in expectations, no matter how foolish they are. The larger to OR, the more complex the cases, the more new cutting edge technology, the more difficult it is for you to function as a new RN in that OR.
If you are talking about a small OR that does lots of right colectomies, inguinal hernia repairs, and the like(just a general surgery example), you still need time to figure out your basics.
One pc of advice that a lot of preceptors give is for you to still down and try to break a case down into what you need to do to start it, etc. I tell people that a case is like a ballet; you have the warm up(getting all your stuff checked, seeing your patient, making sure that you have everything you need, such as bovies, TV monitors, meds, etc), open and count(if time permits before the pt arrives).
Once the patient is in the room, helping to get the pt on the OR bed, safety straps, SCD's for the legs, if y'all do a preinduction timoe out make sure everyine is in the room for it, assist with intubation, foleyize if needed, get the sterile stuff close to the bed, hook up equipment, bovie, suction, etc. And oc course, the pre-incision time out.
THEN, once everone at the table is settled, and only then do you start charting.
As they begin to close, you get dressing together, call report, count, call for the next patient, etc.
End of case, help extubate, do dressings, move the pt to the gurney, finish charting and off to PACU.
Clean up and start over.
I think that none of your preceptors has helped you break down organizational needs, nor have they given you a heads up about how cases start, develop, and conclude.
When I started out, just bringing up the tables, hooking up the boive, suction, remembering fluids and any meds was almost more than I could remember. I got freaked out easily and felt as if the whole world thought I was as stupid a person as they'd ever seen, fromnursing management on down.
I do think that your management is unreasonable. There are a lot of much more reasonable IR's out there. Keep in mind that all ORs have their issues, that while not the same they are very similar.
I think as it was mentioed before, that if they keep telling you that you're no good, it may be time to look elsewhere/
If you do lots of the same cases, then grqab all the hernia mesh and as many sutures as you can that'll be needed for the day-boxes, as it were. Or if it's lumpectomies, thyroids, and the like, make sure you have a bucket load of hemoclips, speciment jars, mammogram containers, etc....