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Nscorpiored has 4 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Operating Room.

Operating Room/Surgical Services Nurse

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    Periop 101 Final Exam Advice? (2018 / 2017?)

    Well it's official I passed the PeriOp 101 Final Exam and I am now looking forward to my rotations for the next 6 to 9 months. As for the final exam To the poster who said it wasn't as bad as they thought it was going to be. I would have to agree to that statement a million times over. On the other hand, it does help to start studying, doing the modules, and going through your study guide (if you are given one) from the start of the program I waited too late but the questions on the exam do vary...You do need to know positioning patients (problems, what to expect)...Stages of pressure ulcers (had one question and it was obvious)...There were a lot of questions on sterility/disinfection/maintaining a sterile field, fire safety, preventing skin injury intraoperatively, knowing the different reasonings for specimens (cytology, routine, frozen, etc), documentation, assessment (PreOp, IntraO, and PostOp -- remember PACU is first looking for airway and respirations in phase 1), know the air exchanges for the OR (20 air exchanges) and know the humidity is 20% to 60%, know the areas that are unrestricted, semi-restricted, and restricted (those were matching questions), know the various types of anesthesia (those were matching questions as well), know what WHO/JACHO/IOM/CMS are responsible for (those were matching questions), how to treat a reverse Heparin (protamine), the stages of healing, to treat Malignant Hyperthermia (dantrolene), and yes you will need to know some information about sutures (nothing extreme on my test it was True/False), know that blunt needles are for cutting the liver/taper is for vascular anastomoses, and Keith needles are for cutting the skin (there are questions asking you to identify), and know the events that has to do with sterilization (eg, gas/temperature/time/steam/pressure/event related/not time limited) There is no such thing as over studying and pay close attention to the modules, have a review group with your nurse educator so that you can know what to focus on and don't stress The questions are straight forward and not as complicated as one would think Good luck!!!
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    How can I land an OR Job?

    Congratulations and my program started in October so in a matter of a month I will be taking the Periop 101 Final Exam...I am now on week 2 of didactic/computer modules...we are rotating in and out of the OR to learn instruments, scrubbing in and out, charting, and the dynamics of the OR in general It's a lot of work and studying especially the instruments...
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    On call policies

    My previous place of employment had a policy in place that nurses who have been in the OR for 25 years or more did not have to take call My present place of employment, the educators explained to me unless they are needed due to a shortage on the floor they also do not take call and the OR now has a dedicated weekend team to prevent so many on call nurses for the weekends Presently, the new rule for on call is that you either sign up for being on call or be assigned As a new operating room nurse going through the PeriOperative 101 program I don't have to worry about being on call until after orientation technically speaking we aren't considered staff until we are done which will be next year summer Me personally I am not crazy about being on call when my time comes on the other hand I have been told it's a great way to make money and my job does allow for days off during the week if need be for on call work over the weekend
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    Is Periop 101 needed?

    I am finding that it does come in handy because it allows for you to learn at your own pace, it specifies in great details why you do what you do and the reasoning behind each aspect, in addition there is information and training you wouldn't receive if you were just thrown into a traditional preceptor/preceptee role On the other hand, you already have 4 years of Operating Room experience and I am not sure what you would need to learn or re-learn after having a substantial amount of years in surgical nursing Novices such as myself benefit because this is a new world to us and it does require a different type of training and education to truly understand the workings of being an Operating Room nurse
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    Periop 101

    Look into Emory they do their PeriOperative 101 Nurse Residency around February/March, June/July, and September/October; Grady Memorial is Level 1 Trauma but I saw their job openings for the PeriOperative 101 Program listed around February/March (never got a call back from them either), and there is also Piedmont Atlanta Hospital (one of the higher paying hospitals) they do a Nurse Horizons Program with a 2 year commitment; and you can add Northside Hospital (doesn't pay as well) but they put out there Operating Room Nurse Residency in the past few months Hope that helps
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    How can I land an OR Job?

    What helped me land my first OR PeriOp 101 was the following: 1. Looking in to Indeed, creating job alerts at local hospitals, and being proactive. I would spend days at the computer looking for openings and putting my application (sometimes it worked sometimes it doesn't). If it said PeriOperative I did it 2. Reach out to the surgical services in your local hospital. I wasn't selected for the 2 year commitment OR program at my current (soon to be former) place of work but I contacted the recruiter, asked for specific dates and times, marked my calendar and made sure I was available 3. Update your resume!!!! You would be surprised how much your resume can make someone look over you (this was my problem as well). My resume was too long, included jobs I didn't work at any longer (or had nothing to do with nursing), and had several typos. I had to update my resume at least 3x before it was acceptable 4. Finally, never give up. It took me two years to land my new position but I put in that work. Attended hiring events, emailed the necessary people, kept my name out there, and it paid off. Good luck to you!!! Very true!!!! The program that selected me does two cohorts October and February/March. They only select 4 to 6 people per cohort but literally will have 100s of people wanting to be interviewed and selected Glad I finally was selected I start this month!!!!!
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    2019 Nursing Salary Survey

    Updated my account information and I was able to complete the survey I do find when it comes to salary it really does depend on where you live. Some of the highest paid are out in California, New York, D.C. and Hawaii but the cost of living is extremely high. Compared to those of us who live down South and Midwest In addition, my survey definitely is reflection of how I feel stagnant in my career because I have outgrown Med/Surg and unhappy in my current position. I love being a nurse but I don't want to spend another year on a Med/Surg unit
  9. This thread has been most helpful for me and has helped with my final decision to pursue the OR. As a Med/Surg Neuro unit nurse I am tired of being weighed down with 6 pts, countless admissions, multiple rounding, and quite frankly I have been run into the ground. I understand that this is still bedside nursing but the stress level would pale in comparison to being on the floor. My biggest fear would be dealing with the surgeons and hearing horror stories. I know myself well and if you yell at me or try to get physical it won't end well for either one of us. Trust and believe I will defend myself but hopefully it will not come to or go to that extreme In addition, I see the long term positive outcome. At my current hospital they offer a 2 year program that allows external and internal RNs to enter into a new field/speciality, receive any certifications (BLS, ACLS, EKG etc) and an extensive orientation (which can last up to 3-6 months). Furthermore, I would like to go into travel nursing to allow myself to have more of a flexible schedule, travel (internationally and domestically), increase my income, and vary my experiences I am looking forward to the future in the OR Thanks
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    How do you get into the ICU?

    Why would anyone want to leave the ICU? I guess it's one of those moments when the grass is not greener on the either side because I am thinking of the patient to nurse ratio and the mere fact I can have more one to one time with the patient
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    How do you get into the ICU?

    The feedback I am getting is that unless you are hired directly into the ICU you must do at least 1 to 2 years in Med/Surg or some acute care setting that would relate to the ICU. Currently my goal is to make it to either the ICU/ER/OR but right now I am an Neuro nurse and that helps a great deal. We deal with high acuity patients, seizures, strokes, telemetry, multiple med pass, and at any given time I can up to 6 patients.
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    What Do You Love About Nursing?

    Honestly, I can say for me to have my current first nursing position I work with a wonderful set of people. There are times when they get on my nerves but I can see I am not experiencing the "nurses eat their young" curse. My preceptor had over 10 years of experience, he was patient, kind, and a great support system and still is when I am on the floor and need assistance. I can still stop him and ask him for help even when he is busy. Also, I genuinely enjoy being a nurse and making a living. Do I understand why nurses feel unappreciated, get burnt out, need more pay for the crap we put up with and have to do? Absolutely!!! But I love what I do even when I am at my wits end I just say my prayers and love the patients that appreciate me and what I do
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    Refresher course without clinical hours...is it worth it?!

    Thanks for this I appreciate the comment really I do. I am an RN but have no clinical experience. I literally graduated, passed the NCLEX the first time, and spent months being denied or not called back for new graduate nursing positions in the area (and I did not count out nursing homes either). My only issue with going to Montgomery College is they are extremely expensive and I would be frustrated again if I don't find work even though clinical will be at Holy Cross Hospital Did you feel it was worth it And how long did you have to wait until you found work Did pay for it out of pocket or did you get loans and/or scholarships
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    Thanks so much for the advice what steps did you take to acquire your contract? Do you still work with this company and do you recommend this as a possible option for new graduate nurses? I am trying to find as many alternatives as possible as it is hard to acquire work as a new graduate nurse.
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    I am also interested in nursing in Qatar and this is the first time that I actually considered going overseas. Doing some research it looks as if you will need to apply for a license overseas and then pass another medical licensing board for particular hospitals and that is if they consider you
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    I am an RN!!! NCLEX Tips and Tricks Just For You!!

    I just took NCLEX examination on Thursday and received my unofficial results that I passed. To be honest with you the best advice that I would and could give to anyone is to not make it complicated when it comes to studying. Honest to God, I spent 3 to 4 months preparing myself using the following. First, my school had us sign up for Kaplan online tests and reviews. At the end of the program we had access to the Kaplan RN Prep for the NCLEX. It helps a great deal to go through the entire Q bank for testing all areas and their question trainers. Their question trainers consist of 7 tests that get harder in content and the last two are the closest to what the NCLEX examination will be like with Question Trainer 7 being 6 hours and 265 questions. Take your time when going through these and review the rationales and make sure you understant. Second, I recommend that students invest in Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX. I purchased mine over a year or so ago and used it to help me understand pediatrics and maternity nursing and Medical/Surgical I and II. It really is detailed takes you through most if not all the medications, major disorders, legal and cultural aspects, and breaks everything down. It comes with a CD Rom that can easily be uploaded onto any computer or laptop. I spent days on end going through chapters a day and doing the questions on the CD Rom. Any given day I went through upwards over 150 to 200 questions a day. Finally, I recommend getting a Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications You Need To Know for the Exam and Handbook for Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. They both came in handy when I wanted to focus on certain medications, diagnosis, s/s, assessments, interventions and evaluations. Also, do not go in there cocky. I prepared myself to sit for an entire 6 hours and utilize my time. If I needed to I would take my time no matter what and if necessary I would just guess and move on. Do not be afraid to spend some time on a question to get it right and think it through. There really are no tricks to it. You will need to dedicate yourself and time to get a passing score. And yes it is hard. I found myself not getting as many select all that apply questions but more questions recognizing signs and symptoms, necessary interventions, and prioritization questions.
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