OK, I will be the dissenting voice. If one worked exclusively in the OR, I see no reason to be an RN. You hardly have any patient contact. One does need to be able to think quickly on your feet and be able to troubleshoot the equipment and be expert in keeping a safe room but I don't know that an RN degree is the most efficient way to provide that service. I've always thought that we needed the ORN degree (operating room nurse) and that they are trained in sterility, room and process safety, communication skills, some ACLS skills (be familiar with preparing emergency drugs and BLS) and the art of team building. None of these are taught in college. The orientation period is long (where is all the stuff you might need in a hurry?). This would be an associate degree. Then, if one wants to become qualified in to work in PACU or Pre-op they could go on for the BSN. I have watched hospitals "train" so many OR nurses and then watch them leave after orientation to go to another place who would't hire them without OR experience. It's expensive and frustrating to watch this and I wasn't even an employee of the hospital but felt their pain. These ORN's can graduate on Friday and be up and running on Monday.