Amistad

Amistad RN

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Amistad has 10 years experience as a RN.

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  1. Advice. Should I stay or should I go?

    Hi there! I’m an OR nurse and have been in the OR for almost 5 years. Prior to the OR, I worked in inpatient oncology and did a short stint in an office setting. OR nursing is a totally different setting to most nursing specialties. We provide pa...
  2. Are you seeing changes due to Covid?

    I’m in the same boat. “On call” for urgent cases at home without pay. I was advised to apply for unemployment. Times are rough!
  3. CA endorsement educational requirements

    Thank you for your response! I ended up attaching a letter to my application explaining the classes on my transcript and I also included attachments of the class descriptions. I guess they changed their mind because I got the license!
  4. Question for OR nurses

    Hi Liza, I've been an OR nurse for a little over 2 years now. The OR I work at has hired nurses from various backgrounds including new grads and nurses with non-OR experience like myself. They will train you everything you need to know for OR nursi...
  5. Hi all! Is anyone else having trouble getting their license endorsed to CA because of missing educational requirements? I've read that some people have had problems with the Communications requirement. Was anyone successful in proving that their ...
  6. Can I be a nurse with a colostomy?

    That absolutely should not disqualify you from being a nurse.
  7. Cleveland clinic pass physical capability after failing?!

    I find it insulting they even make nurses take that physical exam. Do they make doctors do it?
  8. New Grad in OR struggling

    StringOR; I'm sorry you're going through this! Being a new nurse is tough. Being new to the OR is tougher! I've been a nurse for 3 years and recently started in the OR. As a new grad I definitely had days where I "shut down" from stress as you are ...
  9. First Assisting Options

    There are NPs at my hospital who first assist in surgery, but they also see patients post op on the floor as well. RNFA sounds like a good option, but I'm not sure how easy it is to get the cert in your area. I've been trying to research RNFA progra...
  10. Lied to in Interview

    I agree good for you!! You probably did the right thing. Also, nurses should not have to accept unreasonable working conditions just because "that's the way it is/it's always been". We are professionals and we deserve a professional work environme...
  11. Thinking of being a circulator?...Think twice.

    I'm glad to hear that your work environment is not toxic. I have to respectfully disagree with your point that nurses are not vital to an operating room. Nurses use evidence based practice to promote patient safety in the operating room. We coordina...
  12. Thinking of being a circulator?...Think twice.

    Whoa. It sounds like you've had a very bad experience. Ive had a good experience so far. I just started in the OR 3 months ago and one of my favorite parts of the job is that I feel like I am an equal among the team. It takes the orchestration of ...
  13. Misery loves floor nursing

    Hmm it's not a bad idea to drop to part time or even to 80% employment depending on what u can do financially. The extra day off could really help. You should probably stick around for the full year if you can and try to transfer internally. Mayb...
  14. Periop Interview Questions

    I have to disagree with jeckrn (although I worked on the floor before going into the OR). About half of the nurses I work with in the OR started there and loved it so never left. You don't necessarily have to have med surge experience to be success...
  15. Finally in the OR!

    I am learning how to scrub right now too and I TOTALLY feel your pain! I feel so dumb. I can barely figure out how to hand instruments the correct way. I wish I could practice in a simulation environment because there is so much pressure to perform...