Med-Surg to Circulating Nurse?

  1. I would love to hear from nurses that went from one area, such as Med-Surg, to the OR circulating position. There is currently an opening at my facility for an OR circulating nurse and I am very interested. The description states it is actually one that trains for Pre-Op, PACU, and circulating so you get a variety of experience. I have been a MS nurse for almost 3 years now. I love what I do but the hours of the OR position would work so much better for my family due to my husband's work hours/call schedule.

    What are the pros and cons? What do you love about your job? Did you regret going to a circulator position?

    Thank you!
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  3. by   WhoDatWhoDare
    Based on what you mention about working in each of the three areas, this might be in a standalone surgery center or some other ambulatory surgical site. I've only worked in hospitals, but have helped out our sister site (ASC) a few times when they were down a circulator. I much prefer working in my facility, but it might simply be because I was more familiar with the staff at my hospital, versus being the stranger in a facility a handful of times.

    I would ask what their training program would entail since you are new to the OR. Learning the OR and the various services is quite a challenge and only gets more challenging when you're learning how to Preop and recover the patients as well.
  4. by   brownbook
    I agree with the above poster. I've worked a smallish acute care hospital pre and post op unit. And a large stand alone surgery center. I have never heard of OR circulators also doing pre and post op.

    It sounds ideal to learn to circulate and do pre and post op, but honestly I can't figure how that would work? Get good clear answers about training, orientation, etc. Find out if you will need to take call.

    I love working pre and post op. Never worked as a circulator but know enough to know circulating is really unique and different from med/surg and even pre and post op nursing.
  5. by   BloomNurseRN
    Quote from WhoDatWhoDare
    Based on what you mention about working in each of the three areas, this might be in a standalone surgery center or some other ambulatory surgical site.
    Actually it is an acute care environment but we are a smaller, critical access hospital so they like to have people cross trained for these positions. That's one major positive - I already know the people I would be working with and have a great professional relationship to start off with. Thanks for the response!
  6. by   OR RN87
    Hi! I have almost three years of med-surg experience, and I recently went from med-surg to the OR. At my facility, which is a large, level one trauma hospital, nurses both scrub and circulate. Orientation is 9 months, so I am still in orientation. I personally emailed the OR manager and asked if I could shadow to see if it would be something that I would like. I highly recommend doing that because it was nothing like I got in nursing school. As for pros and cons, it depends on the person. I see only pros. I love the OR!!! I love the schedule, love the people, my manager and educators are amazing! Only con for me is that I didn't start earlier in my career. So, if you are interested and there are spots open, find out who the manager is. See if you can observe a day in the OR. For me, I observed and that same day, I applied for the job. Good luck to you!!
  7. by   BloomNurseRN
    It's been almost 10 months since I posted this and thought I would update you all who were kind enough to respond. I did apply and interview for the position. Everything went perfect and I was the #1 choice of the staff for the position. Unfortunately/fortunately, there was a late applicant from an outside facility who had circulator experience and they went with that applicant to have someone trained faster. It all worked out though because there was a position through an Endoscopy department at a hospital within the same health network (closer to home even!). I applied, interviewed, and accepted the position all within about a 10 day period. It was definitely meant to be. I've been here almost 8 months now and it was definitely the right move. I'm still open to the idea of taking a circulating position some time in the future but right now I'm very happy where I am. Thanks for all of your input!
  8. by   dianah
    Thank you for the follow-up, good it all worked out as it did!
    Here's to a strong and positive work experience!