I pre op patients for heart and vascular surgery. No nights, weekends, call or holidays. Hours can be unpredictable as we start early (0500/0600) and you get off once the last patient goes back (depending what order you came in). So you might leave at 3pm, 6pm, 12pm- who knows?!
We work closely with anesthesiologists, surgeons, OR nurses, CRNAs, and the surgeons office (their nurses there, PAs,NPs). Lots of strong personalities.
One thing I like is that we are a one way stop. Patients (and their families!) come to us either from home or from the floor. We may take care of them for 15 min or 6 hours and anywhere inbetween.
You have to be very detail orientated going thorough charts making sure that patient is able to go to surgery. Things get added on and cancelled everyday so you have to be flexible. We call all around the hospital needing things yesterday (transport, lab, blood bank, etc). Everything is hurry up and wait.
Its not a bad gig. I don't think I would be any good at floor nursing since this is all I know. GI, outpatient surgery operates on a similar level if you wanted to look into anything like that.