Sorry this is long, but I need a place to vent my thoughts.
So I just graduated nursing school 6 months ago and started on a surgical/tele floor at a big, trauma one level hospital. I know I am new (2 months now) and still have no idea what I am doing, but I do not like it AT ALL. I got the vibe in nursing school that bedside nursing was not for me. If I wanted to do anything at the bedside, I wanted ICU because I am a very detail oriented person who wanted to focus more attention on a smaller number of patients. However, I was talked into starting on a floor by a couple people so I could gain the basic nursing skills first. Well, I do not like it. I feel like I am running around, passing meds constantly, only focusing on tasks that need to get done versus actually understanding the patients story and plan. I think I am a really smart person, but I feel like an idiot on the floor. I make stupid mistakes, I feel like my preceptor thinks I am dumb (she is not encouraging in the slightest), and sometimes I leave feeling so defeated. Again, I know I am new and a lot of my feelings are normal as a new grad, however I really do not see myself enjoying this. I DREAD going to work.
OR is my PASSION. I have always been interested in the OR, since even before school. I don't know what it is, but I walk into an OR and I am just in the greatest mood. The reason I did not do OR nursing was because I immediately gravitated towards CRNA, and you need ICU experience for that, so I was planning to do ICU for 2-3 years, then go to school. However, I really do not even know if I want to do any bedside nursing at this point. The thought of staying at the bedside for that long makes me sad. The long hours, the weekends, the holidays, that really does bother me with bedside nursing too. I enjoy having every full weekend to myself to decompress from work, to see my friends/family, and forget about all that stress, and then relive it again during the normal work hours like everyone else does. In Chicago as a bedside nurse, you work every other weekend, every other holiday, thats it. The only thing that was pushing me towards CRNA was the money, and at this point, I have learned first hand that my happiness is more important than money. So now I am thinking about being an OR nurse. One. Patient. At. A time. Heck yes. I feel like you are a part of a team putting in all of your effort to focus on one patient at a time, and I love that. I know there is call, but depending on what the call schedule is like, I can probably deal with it. A M-F job with occasional weekends on call sounds like a dream to me.
My concern- I have heard that OR nursing is boring or just all documentation. Is this true?
Can you please tell me your experiences while working in the OR, or making the transition from the floor to the OR? Also, what is your call schedule like? I know all are different, but I want to get an idea as to what it can be. I live in Chicago, so a lot of big trauma 1 teaching hospitals, which means probably more call shifts.
Last thing. Is it too soon to transfer from the floor to the OR in the same hospital after only 6 months? I know it isn't that much experience, but I am so excited when I think about being in the OR. Waiting a year will be very hard.