Thank you for your post! I am a new circulator AND a new grad a month into orientation and it can be overwhelming! I have had 3 preceptors over the last month and I am beginning to understand why it is so challenging. You are correct in stating that there is no education for the OR in school and we are starting fresh in the department, unless you have worked in the OR before. Now, on the floor as a new nurse, it seems that generally you have some autonomy in taking care of patients, but in the OR there are MANY eyes watching you at all times. When prepping the patient whether it's a foley or preparing the surgical site, there is the anesthesiologist, scrub tech, preceptor, and possibly the Dr. and a PA, sometimes tech students AND nursing students AND possibly a rep if it's an ortho or CV case. IT IS NERVE WRACKING to have that many eyes on you watching!!! Some days it feels like everyone is on your case about one thing or another. I keep telliing myself that I've only been in the OR for a month and I am still VERY new and can't know it all yet. Some days I have felt like beating my head up against a wall, but for the most part I truly am enjoying it and am looking forward to the day when I'll be off orientation and on my own. It is tough to be a preceptor and the newbie. I have told my preceptors that I know it is challenging and requires patience to do all the teaching. I've been on the receiving end of some negativity and it stinks, but I certainly know how NOT to treat the new people. For the most part, it has been great! I work with some knowledgeable people and am learning from everyone. My hats off to all OR nurses out there. So many people think that circulators have it easy, but BOY ARE THEY WRONG! It is an EXTREMELY CHALLENGING JOB!!!
Thanks again for bringing this topic up!! I needed to hear it!!!