Hi - I took it upon myself to make a guide that really tries to outline what it takes to get into CVOR and more importantly, what it takes to thrive. I have been so disappointed when very talented OR nurses shun the opportunity to scrub in the CVOR rooms.
Yes, it is one of the most intense jobs in any hospital...but it should be, right?
Yes, you have to sacrifice time to take call and help resuscitate life into patients who have aortic dissections...but no amount of money can replicate the feeling of knowing you were integral to it, can it?
Yes, patients will expire on your table - before your very eyes as you fight...but you were the one fighting for them, weren't you?
I am so inspired by nurses who look at CVOR as a challenge and not as a 'danger zone'. I've been humiliated in the CVOR - was it right? No, but when you start to understand what's on the line, it's mind-blowing.
I'll never forget my older sister's friend when we wheeled her in for a re-do AVR / MVR - being able to hold her hand for that walk will be in my heart forever. Knowing that I was with her takes away the pain of what ensued. But, I couldn't think of anyone else that would have done as much for her as we did - we fought and fought and fought...and lost. I live with guilt, but much hope too.