Quote from lynnr_98
Hi IsseyM! Thanks for your input regarding my question. I just thought I'd give you an update...
I was kind of hoping that I wouldn't be offered both jobs so I wouldn't have to choose between them. Luckily, that came true and I was only offered the job in the OR which I was more drawn to anyway. I begin hospital orientation on 10/16 and the OR classroom training begins 10/23 and lasts 6 months. I am so excited..but also scared at the same time. I have a little anxiety problem that normally isn't a problem for me but now I'm feeling anxious about the possibility of panicing during clinical training. Hopefully, I'll do okay and not get too nervous (or at least not show it)! I'll keep you posted on how I do.
BTW...How is your training going? When did you start and how much longer do you have until you're on your own? It sounds like my training will be very similar to yours. I'm interested in your opinion as to what to expect, advice, etc.
Hi Lynn, congrats on getting the position in the OR. It probably was meant to be for you. Things seem to work out that way sometimes. I also have a little anxiety problem. As far as my training, i have great days and not so great days. I've been training for 8 weeks now going on 9. My first 2 weeks i learned most of the surgical instruments where they do all the decontamination and sterilization. Then i went to other floors for 2 weeks to learn how you admit surgery patients and all the teaching/paperwork involved. I've been doing classroom for the past 4 weeks full time 4 days a week. We have one clinical day in which we practice what was lectured in class that week. Class lectures supposed to be for 6 weeks and then you go to the OR 5 days a week. Lectures involve all the AORN content such as Safety in the OR, Electrosurgery, Wound Healing, Scrubbing, Gowning and Gloves, Positioning, Perioperative Assessments, Surgical Instruments, Sutures and Needles, etc. After that we have a 3 month orientation as a circulator and a scrub nurse. After that we precept with different nurses strictly as a circulator for another 3 months. And you are with someone until they feel you can handle a case on your own. They give you up to a year to catch on, if not they let you go.
I am literally scared to death of being on my own.
So far i've gotten to fill out paperwork, transfer patients from beds to OR bed and back. Transfer patients to PACU. Set up positioning devices for OR bed. Do sponge/blade/needle counts. Get sutures, sterile instruments and supplies for scrub techs and surgeons. Get medications, IV bags, supplies for the nurses and anesthesiologists. Insert Foleys. Open up sterile packages for sterile field. Tie up gowns for surgeons and scrub techs. Assist with intubation. Hook up SCDs, ESU, Baer Hugger, Headlights, Suction. I'm sure i've done more but this is all i can remember for now.
If i were you i would recommend you start reading to help you be better prepared. I'm not sure if they told you what textbooks you will need but the textbooks required for our class, "Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery" and AORN's, "2006 Standards, Recommended Practices and Guidelines."
It is kinda tough reading every single day after you get out of class or clinicals. I'm so tired that all i want to do is veg out and watch tv. Well take care and i can't wait to hear once you start. We can share our experiences and vent to each other. LOL.