Okay guys...so I didn't get the O.R. job!!! I spoke back with the director of surgery and the RN recruiter. The recruiter suggests that I should take a nurse refresher course, then I could re-interview, and possibly get into the next perioperative class in JAN. The refresher starts Sept. thru Dec. The Director said that everyone liked me and thought highly of me, but because of my gap from nursing school to getting my license (5yrs) Failed boards + having 3 kids exactly 1yr apart...whew:chuckle I've BEEN BUSY!!! Anyways, I have no nursing experience so if I took the course then I definitely could come back and re-interview...She told me I would make an exellent O.R. nurse!!!
I just got a job offer @ a sub-acute facility and was wondering if I worked @ least 6mon. should I still take course, or would the course be silly to take now because I'm working...or do both???Any advice...PLS HELP!!! As always, thanks again guys...I will keep u updated!!
Sep 13, '06
In my OR, we most certainly assess patients. The job is not for those who aren't self motivated though. If you think OR nursing is just doing paperwork and getting supplies, then that will make you into a bad OR nurse. You have to love surgery and take an interest in what you are doing. Actually, at our morning staff meeting, there were complaints that the floor nurses were sending down patients for surgery whose electrolytes were in abnormal ranges. It was the OR nurses picking up on those abnormal electrolytes by the way. The OR is different, don't get me wrong, but you most certainly do use nursing skills. I have to assess my patients skin(proper positioning is vital) HGB and other lab values, do pre-op patient teaching and use plenty of the therapeutic communication skills I learned. I also assist with intubation and advocate for that patient, I love the OR, and am very proud of what I do. You may not use all the same skills as a floor nurse, but you gain many other skills in return. The docs I work with don't treat nurses like idiots either, for the most part..I'm sure there are 1 or 2 that get treated like that, but trust me, I can see why!
Last edit by ortess1971 on Sep 13, '06