Can someone clue me in to the duties for scrub/circulating, etc.
Also, do you like OR? Did you start out on a med/surg and move to OR, and was it a good choice?
I'm a circulator in a fairly busy OR. I love it, and I've done nothing else but OR. I was never too crazy about the med-surg floor, and I think more and more OR managers are willing to train a new grad without the floor experience. I'll try to give you a rough sketch of what I do on a daily basis-keep in mind that this is in no way comprehensive!
I pick up the paperwork and surgeon preference cards, and head to my room. I usually try to check to make sure I have all the equipment I need, and then I call for report on the patient. After I get report, depending on the size of the case and the amount of supplies to be opened, I'll either send for the patient or open and then send. I do the counts, and make sure the scrub has saline, water, ect, whatever they need, as well as local or other drugs. When the pt. comes to the door, I introduce myself, check them in, and help them move to the table. I usually end up holding crichoid? pressure for anesthesia, and once they have the tube in, I can put the cautery pad on, clip the pt if need be, prep them, and do the "golden moment." After the surgeon is scrubbed in, I hook up whatever equipment needs to be running, and organize my suture, ect to have it handy if they call out for something they don't have on the table.I try to organize the room, call the family, fill out the chart, do the counts, label the specimen, ect. When the surgery is done, I wash the pt. off, transfer them to the cart or bed, take them to pacu, report off to the recovery nurse, pick up my next chart, and do it all over again! I know that I've missed some things, but this is just a rough overview of what an OR nurse does on a daily basis. Some surgeries are a real PITA, and some aren't bad. My favorite ones are the living donor kidney transplants. I do general surgery, so I do the gyn, urology, ENT, vascular, and the "gut" cases which include the bowel resections, hernias, and gallbladder/appendix removal. Hope this helps you, and don't be afraid to try the OR. Life's too short to be miserable, and nursing is hard enough work without being on a floor/unit you have no love for.