Hi, my name is Kiri
I'm new to this, and hope to seek advice /guidance from this forum. I became an operating room nurse at 26 in a outpatient surgery center in May 2020. I do a majority of orthopedic procedures, urology, gyne and some general. I am really fond of ortho but overall I really enjoy my job, I have a new found respect for OR nurses since becoming one from being a tech.
Now my point is that up till now I loved it until someone said that I was becoming too comfortable , stagnant, that my job was meant for retired nurses. That I don't do anything but chart. I should be in a hospital I should be in another department where I don't lose my skills. This was all brought up cause I felt self conscious doing a Foley, I don't do them often. And they just ripped me up for it. I was deeply hurt and confused if I was doing the right thing. Am I making a career mistake ? Where can I transition from being an OR nurse if I stay. Usually when someone says my job is not essential or for retired I don't let it bother me. But this time it did. And I'm so unsure of myself. I don't know if I'll stay as an OR nurse but I love it till I decide to venture to other avenues but where would I be accepted ? Am I making a mistake being an OR nurse. I apologize for rant.