Quote from CIRQL8
I We are respected (for the most part) by the surgeons, anesthesiologists, and the CRNAs, and we get along just fine. The OR is a very laid back place. The Docs and nurses are familiar with each other. The formality is at a minimum. I do feel compelled to call most of the Surgeons and Anesthesiologists Dr. So-And-So, but most of the residents and I are on first name basis, as well as some of the attendings.
Isn't that just so true!! Dave said a mouthful here, and emphasized some of the best things about the OR: It is SO laid back. We are a team, and we trust each other. If there is any problem ever, it isn't betwwen the nurses and the docs--it's between the nurse/docs on one side (united) and our mutual enemy on the other side (management.) This is because management often has a different goal in mind than the nurses/docs do: we want to do optimal patient care; they want to save money.
But that's a topic for another day, and a bridge you will cross soon enough! Docs I've worked with always say that OR nurses are "the cream of the crop" of hospital nursing (of course, they may tell the ER and ICU nurses the same thing, LOL!) but I don't think they do.
Really, wherever I have worked we are like family. I hope you enjoy your experience, and remember this: there are many right ways to do things. If someone tries to insist that his or her way is the best way, or the only way, smile, thank them, store it in your head, and either discard or keep it as you learn other techniques . You will find that you may throw away 90% of what you are told, but that 10% that you keep that works for you is all that matters, as long as it results in optimal patient care.
Best of luck to you!!