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OR nurse pursing NP

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scrubulator has 1 years experience .

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Hi! I was wondering if theres any former or current OR nurses that are/will be NPs. Im pretty nervous because Ive been out for 6 years (and only done OR nursing)and have lost many bedside skills. Im just hoping for some positive "its like riding a bike, it'll come back to you" or how people dealt with other nurses claiming OR nurses shouldn't go back to school since its not "real nursing".

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Not an NP myself, but I've worked with several nurses whose only experience was the OR before they attended NP school. Those who say OR nurses shouldn't go back to school since it's not "real nursing" don't deserve a reply. Don't let that take up space in your mind.

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LoveThemSox has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR, Outpatient.

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There are quite a few nurses where I work that have gone back to school for NP. I agree with Rose_Queen, anyone who tells you OR nursing isn’t “real” is a waste of space. Everyone who goes back to grad school is going there to learn new things; you’re all there in the same boat. 
The nurses who are in NP programs now where I work tend to say the hardest part of going back hasn’t been the actual nursing classes (Patho, Assessment, clinical, etc) but the non-clinical courses heavy on paper-writing (ethics, legal issues, systems, etc). And returning to the routine of writing multiple long papers for school is going to happen to everyone, no matter where they got their RN experience. 

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@scrubulator Hi there - I got my FNP two years ago and it did take a bit of 'refresher studying' to re-acquaint myself with bedside nursing. I've only been in OR Nursing (specifically CT & Trauma) since I obtained my BSN. In some ways, I was able to add unique perspective to our lectures and clinicals given that most of my classmates were either purely med/surg or ICU - they were very interested in my experiences in the O.R.

I was accepted to a p/t DNP program and will be starting next fall.

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ArmyRN79 has 13 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Progressive Care, PACU, ICU, Operating Room.

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I have been a OR nurse since 2009 and will start my FNP program in January. Don’t let other people discourage you. Follow your dreams. Feel free to reach out with any questions. 

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ArmyRN79 has 13 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in Progressive Care, PACU, ICU, Operating Room.

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I circulate. I’m active duty military, so as officers it’s expected we mainly circulate. Plus I’m a head nurse now, so I barley circulate. The price of management I guess. ☺️

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