Quote from kats
I am trying to get accepted to a couple of RN programs near where I live, but they are very competitive. I have a 3.6 gpa and an associate in health sciences, but the lowest they accepted last semester was 3.9. I want to start working and am interested in surgery. I also receive financial aid and loans so I can't put keep applying forever. I even volunteered in the OR at the hospital here on base where they then sent me to be trained as a phlebotomist so that I could do draws on surgery patients to prevent them from having to go downstairs to the lab before surgery. Anyways, there is a surgical tech program also starting this fall. I was thinking that I could complete the surgical tech program and then maybe even go to a surgical tech to RN program. Do any of you if that is even possible? I know that they have LPN to RN programs. Also, what is your opinion of what surgical techs do in the OR? Did any of you take this route to becoming an RN? Thanks for any thoughts.
well, Ive done both.( OR tech and now and OR RN)
I started out as an OR tech and then went to nursing school and became an RN.
I guess that becoming an OR tech is one way to get into the OR, but if I had it to do over agin, I wouldnt go that route. (thats just my personal opinion though, it would very well work out great for you that way)
Personally, I would just go directly to nursing school and look for the one place that offered a training program (theyre few and far between, but they do exist, I saw one last mont in my nursing spectrum magazine)
The reason that I feel this way, is that for me, the OR tech program ended up being an extra year worth of work AND, even more difficult, was the added expense that I had to pay back, in addition to my nursing school loans.WHen I went to the OR tech program and then to nursing school for my RN diploma, I was then a divorced "single parent" and was struggling financially and I could have avoided an extra school bill, if I had just gone directly to nursing school.
( Im not aware of any OR tech to Rn programs?)
If you do consider going straight to nursing school, just call around at the area hospitals ,prior to you starting date, and ask , "do you have an OR training program for new RN's", the larger university hospitals are more likely to have this.
I have seen them offered from time to time.
No matter what you choose, I wish you the best of luck.
ps > (nice to mee you)