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BethCNOR has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR, ER, Med-Surg, ICU, CCU, Home Health.

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    CNOR Identification????

    My debit card has a photo. Social security card is acceptable, I think.
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    Don't listen to Peggy!
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    New OR nurse feeling lost

    You need to establish your "own groove". There are things that you do for every single surgery, no matter the specialty. Getting a routine will help you feel a little more organized. Just remember to go with the flow when somebody interrupts your pattern.
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    Do OR nurses have Pt contact?

    Your desire to be an OR nurse is obvious in your writing here, so it probably came across in your interview.
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    New OR nurse feeling lost

    Ah, another example of the OR eating their young! I don't know why this happens, but it does. I try really hard not to do it, but have to admit, I have been guilty of it. It takes a long time to learn the OR and to feel comfortable. I tell all the newbies I orient that it will probably take a year. I agree with what canesdukegirl told you (even though I don't prefer her college selections. lol). Keeping a pocket notebook is a great idea. Nobody can remember everything. I've been doing this for 28 yrs and I still need notes. You will remember more and more as your experience grows. Just keep doing what you are doing and the staff will come around. For whatever reason, OR people make you prove your worthiness. Just remember that your patient is your #1 priority. Hang in there and good luck.
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    Help for new O R NURSE

    I have to agree with the advice you have already been given. Get the heck out of Dodge. I hope there are other hospitals in your area. How has this OR passed JCAHO certification? I work in NC and I have come to accept that things are about 10 yrs behind the times of other states I have worked. Your situation is just downright dangerous. The only time not doing a count is acceptable is for a "crash through the door" trauma. Then x-rays are taken. OMG, I thought it was bad here. Good luck and DO GET OUT OF THERE!!
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    Operating Room Nurse: Roles

    Yes, they go through training. Many ORs offer residency programs for new grads. The courses last 6-9 months and are classroom and clinical orientation. I hope you get the chance to work in the OR. It's a great place to work.
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    New grad OR RN to surg tech school??!

    That's an interesting question. I see no reason to go to surg tech school. You can get books to help you learn more about the OR. Alexander's is basically the bible of the OR. It covers all aspects of the OR. Scrubbing is a "practiced" art. The more you do it, the better you get at it. I worked as a scrub tech (LPN) for 15 yrs, before going back and getting my RN. I think scrubbing makes you a better circulator because you know how it feels to stand there helpless until the circulator can retrieve what you need. Scrubbing helps you to anticipate what will be needed on the field. Ask your preceptor lots of questions, even if you think they are dumb. There are no stupid questions, just stupid people that don't ask. There is always something new to learn in the OR. I've been in the OR for 28 yrs. and I'm still learning. Good luck to you and welcome to the great world of the OR!!!!
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    Please help me !!!

    Here's a link to the Google page for RNFA programs: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=rnfa+programs&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3GGGL_enUS345US347&ie=UTF-8&aq=0&oq=rnfa+pro Good Luck!
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    How did everyone get into the OR?

    A hundred years ago (well, OK, 30 yrs. ago) when I started in the OR, there was this concept called "on the job training". Now they have internships or nurse residency programs. Check into the availability at your hospital or other hospitals in your area. These programs are usually about 6-9 months and involve both classroom and clinical experiences. Good luck to you in your quest to join the OR. It's a great job!
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    new circulator

    Congratulations to you! My best advice to you is to buy a pocket notebook and keep notes on every surgeon's likes and dislikes. Surgery is difficult to learn because there is so much to learn. Don't get discouraged. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're not comfortable with something, ask for help. When someone offers tips to you, don't respond by saying "I know" because you don't really know. It's going to take at least a year before you really start feeling comfortable with your skills. The OR is a great place to work and gets under your skin. I've been in the OR for 27 yrs. I tried other areas of nursing when I felt a little burnt out, but it wasn't long before I was right back in the OR. The grass is definitely greener in the OR. There's always new stuff to learn so it doesn't get stale. Keep us posted with your progress!
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    Why do you put up with the abuse?

    I'd be exhaused, too, with all that going on. I work in a big university hospital and we don't have much of that. We have to work off service frequently and work with nurses and techs from other teams on our cases. It just doesn't make for a safe patient environment when everyone is bickering or backstabbing. It makes my day go better and faster if I help that off service person with the "tricks" of a particular surgeon or case he/she is not familiar with. Sounds like you're working in an "all about me" OR, not an "all about the patient" OR. I wish you well, there are better ORs out there with better managers that support their staff.
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    Why do you put up with the abuse?

    I'm sorry you're are having a bad time in your OR. That's a shame. I have worked in ORs like that. I didn't stay. Maybe it has come with my many years in the OR, but when someone starts to talk down or nasty to me, I look them straight in the eye and say, "I know you're not talking to me like that!". Usually stuns them enough to stop and think about what they are saying. They will either apologize or keep on ranting. Their ranting will bring my supervisor to my room (at my bequest). This behavior is not tolerated at our hospital. I wish you well in your educational endeavors. I'm sure you'll be a great NP.
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    Preference Cards

    I've been in the OR for almost 30 years and preference cards have always been a sore spot. The nurses where I work make changes to the preference cards and the team coordinators and a few designated people (I am one) make the changes to the cards. The catch in our computer system is if the case has already been scheduled it will still get the "old" card. The updated card won't show up until a case posted after the changes have been made to the card. It's frustrating. I get a lot of cards to be updated with the same changes I have previously made. It's just because the case was scheduled first. How does the saying go? If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem. I wish you luck with the formidable task you have decided to tackle.
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    Surgical Tech to OR Nurse

    Good luck to you in your educational endeavors. Being a scrub tech before becoming a nurse will help you become a better circulator (in my opinion). The pre-req's are the basic required college courses needed before you enter the nursing program. The things like math, A&P, microbiology, humanities, etc. I scrubbed for 15 yrs. before I went back to school. Wish I had done it sooner. Cilla.bella gave good advice. Have fun!!
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    Realistic to work OR PRN?

    I agree with Linda. They may also want you to take a refresher course since you've been out of nursing for a while.