We use the same drape as Argo, the absorbable floor mats, and puddle suckers. But in the end there is always a mess. The drape works well but like Argo said if they don't do a good job of keeping the pouch open you get a lot of fluid flowing right past it.
Is the community college course the AORN Periop 101? Does it give you clinical hours in the OR? If so, it should give you an advantage when applying for OR positions. Hiring someone with no OR experience is a pretty big risk for hospitals. The orientation for the OR is long and costly and if they hire someone totally green they don't know if their investment in you is going to pay off. Our OR Residency program at our hospital typically loses at least 1/2 of its orientees by the time they hit the floor on their own.
Check out the post from IsseyM in this thread:
Much of it may not make sense now but it will soon. Other than that just take it one day at a time. I was precepted by different people almost every day. It helped to absorb everything I could from each different preceptor. They don't want to here "but so-and-so did it like this yesterday". Unless they are putting the patient in danger or violating policy then just go with the flow and do it their way.
It truly does take an entire year to have a decent level of comfort in the OR. I just passed my 3-year mark and I still learn something new almost every day. I can truly say that I love my job about 90% of the time and I think that's pretty rare these days.
Good luck :redpinkhe
I'm not saying you have to, I'm saying it will increase your chances of being hired into an OR. I don't know of any hospitals that will hire an inexperienced OR nurse unless they themselves are offering the program or you've already done a Periop program somewhere else.
Usually only if they are offering an in-house periop/residency program which redies you to work in their OR. The other route you can take is enrolling in a Periop program at a university. That route is time consuming and pricey but it will probably get you where you want to be.
Our scrubs are on racks outside the locker rooms. They come in standard unisex sizes. I'm tall and have to wear the waist rolled and at my hips so they'll be long enough for me. They look like clown pants on most of the girls but nobody cares what your pants look like in the OR. Most days I bring my own tall pants sice I'm most comfy in those. We can bring in freshly laundered scrubs to chage in to at our OR.