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Per diem, a lil nervous

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by RNOTODAY RNOTODAY, BSN, RN (Member)

RNOTODAY has 18 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU, ER, OR.

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I guess this is just a "rant" post, so to speak, or a request for encouragement... anyway, I am picking up shifts (per diem) in an OR, where I did 5 orientation shifts . That was 2 months ago, and I agreed to do pick up some shifts this summer. I guess I am lil nervous about being on my own in a new facility, with new people, new routine. I guess what I am asking is, what should I focus on.... so I make sure I get things right.... I am also fairly new to the OR, I did full time for a year at a level 1 trauma center, so I am competent, but it helps to hear it from other veteran folks...I will be in general surgery only... so thats good...

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GadgetRN71 has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Operating Room.

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I guess this is just a "rant" post, so to speak, or a request for encouragement... anyway, I am picking up shifts (per diem) in an OR, where I did 5 orientation shifts . That was 2 months ago, and I agreed to do pick up some shifts this summer. I guess I am lil nervous about being on my own in a new facility, with new people, new routine. I guess what I am asking is, what should I focus on.... so I make sure I get things right.... I am also fairly new to the OR, I did full time for a year at a level 1 trauma center, so I am competent, but it helps to hear it from other veteran folks...I will be in general surgery only... so thats good...

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I think based on the fact that you have a year at another facility,especially a level one trauma center, is good. It can be scary going to a new place. I just gave notice at my hospital and am not looking foward to the whole reorienting thing again. Oh well, just have to do my best. Good luck to you!

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Make a list of questions that you need answers to, such as how to order labs, how to order blood, etc. Then find out the answers as soon as possible.

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Focus on communiication with colleagues you feel you can trust to give you good information. Know the policies and procedures of your facility. You will be the rn of record--don't forget in that you stand alone.

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