What Do Operating Room Nurses Do? - page 12

I'm here to set the record straight. I am as much a RN as the next nurse and I do patient care. Operating Room Nurses assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, and evaluate their patients just like... Read More

  1. by   chief76
    Quote from confettisocks
    BethCNOR, I cannot thank you enough for this information. I am a new graduate nurse preparing for two OR interviews in the coming week, and this about sums up what I learned in the perioperative elective from nursing school. Let's hope for a good outcome!
    Confettisocks, good luck! I'm currently in my last semester and will be applying to various OR residencies in a couple weeks when they open up. This site, especially the perioperative forum, is invaluable! So many people with such great advice.
  2. by   confettireads
    chief76, good luck to you as well! You should also join AORN with a student membership, or wait until you are a full-fledged OR nurse. I checked the AORN website, and it looks like they have a discounted price for new perioperative personnel! Check it out!

    Join AORN - New to Profession Membership - Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
  3. by   chief76
    confettisocks, it's funny you mention that because I joined with the student membership my first semester. I was finishing up my resume' today and made sure to put that in there!
  4. by   confettireads
    chief76, it looks great on a resume!

    I'm not entirely sure if you have access with student membership, but standard RN memberships have access to the Guideline Essentials AORN Guideline Essentials - Association of periOperative Registered Nurses so be sure to upgrade your membership after passing that NCLEX exam! I find that it is an excellent resource!
  5. by   JengaFoxtrot
    So I'm reading a lot of over emotional gobelty goop (that's a medical term). No you don't (theoretically) absolutely HAVE to have an RN circulating to run a room. You do need someone with an ability to turn volumes of knowledge about tools, tables, positioning considerations, equipment, room setup, etc. into instantly accesible muscle memory. To put this in perspective, it takes about twelve weeks to precept a new nurse and turn them loose onto any other floor. It takes six months to make an OR nurse barely competent and even then we are going to muddle through our operations. I will say, while its not absolutely necessary, my precepting OR nurse has six years of critical care experience and, without going into extraneous details, she is a vastly better OR nurse than I will ever be without comparable floor experience. The reason 'circulating nurse' hasn't been turned into a cert position is the fact that someone with a license to loose needs to be able to vouch for everything happening in the room and testify to it at a legal proceeding. No, the worst day in the OR (if you know what your doing) isn't half as bad as being saddled with five patients on a cardiac unit. That's irrelevant. When I'm a patient, I want someone with something to loose to be supervising my operation and documenting everything everyone does.