Quote from imanurseintheor
NO- it does NOT make sense to do a surgical tech program as an RN! PLEASE DO NOT do that!
Even if you could get an employer to hire you, you would legally be held to the same standards as the other RNs.
Can you get a PRN position on a unit you're qualified/competent for? Continuous RN employment would be beneficial. Some people transition relatively seamlessly from ICU to PACU...but each facility is different.
As for the OR? Hmm...I LOVE the OR. It is a very physically demanding environment. But you need to realize that call is a very real thing. I don't know your age, but I'm guessing you're not in your 20s-early 30s if you're approaching your child(ren) being in college. As a 20-something, working all day, sleeping a little (1-2 hours) and returning to work for 2-10 hours is not my favorite thing to do. Not getting to sleep and being up for 27 hours straight is also not fun (working 22/27 hours sucks there is no way to slice it other than that). My worst non-call day lately was 15.5 hours (there was no relief staff and leaving would have been abandonment). Oh, and I turned around and came back to work 7 hours after that. A problem with the OR is that outside staff can't float in to help relieve staffing issues like what can be done on almost any other unit(s).
That being said, I love
this environment. I might leave the environment for something else, but if I'm doing anything remotely clinical, this is it. There are many positive, but it is definitely something you either love or you hate.