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Specializes in med-surg. Has 7 years experience.

I'm a med/surg nurse with 3 years experience. I will be applying for a perioperative residency. What relevent med/surg surg skills should I include in my resume? What are OR managers looking for besides the obvious, experience?

Any input would be much appreciated!

canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

OR managers are looking for organizational skills, the ability to do a million things at once, an ability to get along with many different types of surgeons, and the ability to be assertive. Since you are going into a residency program, you really aren't required to have any experience. I love the fact that you have worked med/surg for 3 years. I would hire you on that fact alone! You already know how to delegate, how to prioritize and how to multi-task. That speaks volumes, and during your interview, I would emphasize those traits.

One piece of advice: OR managers like assertive nurses, but it is a fine line to be confident and to be reckless. Do you know what I mean? Be confident in your interview, show enthusiasm about coming to the OR to learn, but show some appreciation on the other hand that you will have a lot to learn.

I hope that makes sense. My synapses do not appear to be firing tonight!


Specializes in med-surg. Has 7 years experience.

Thank you very much for the great advice.It's true med/surg is a very crazy environment and I sure did learn how to multitask and deligate.