I have to think too...because I came from an ICU situation...and compared to THAT job - I barely feel like a nurse anymore (ducking from flying objects!)
We didn't have assistants where I worked, we did ALL patient care, of course ALL charting. ALL LAB DRAWS, Assessments, secured ET tubes, gave all meds, titrated drips, started IVs, on and on and on!
I LOVE the OR and feel that my job is VERY important, however, it really is nothing compared to what I used to do. No assessment (sure we still assess in our head...but not "officially") , no IVs, virtually no meds unless you count locals or abx irrigation....