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  1. I will try to make this as vague, but detail pertinent, as possible. I had a physician yank something out of my hands this week, yell at me in front of the entire room, and bully ahead into the procedure before timeout was even begun. He'd been rushing us and been grumpy all day which is somewhat "the norm" for him. His general grumpiness had been escalating all day. I've been thinking about this for a while. I'm off work right now but the charge nurse recommended I report it to the chief of surgery when I return after holiday. I've had other nurses and techs tell me this behavior is normal and expected and reporting it will only make it worse -- that I should just brush it off and not take it personally. I'm torn between letting it go for fear reporting it will make it worse (and therefore perpetuating the cycle of what I consider to be abusive and unprofessional behavior) or confronting it with probably a meeting between him, my manager, my director and the chief of surgery with who-knows-what will be the outcome. The thing is -- it feels like a negative and hostile work environment and is distracting -- it puts the focus on the tensions in the room and emanating from the surgeon, instead of the focus being on the patient. I thought we were supposed to be a "team", but I'm feeling that ... not in this case. I also realize that if I complain and his behavior gets worse, the likelihood of me being able to limit working with him is almost nonexistent unless he asks that I not be in his room. There is a definite power imbalance here and I suddenly feel a bit trapped. I'm still new to the OR, so maybe this is just me not having grown a thick skin? I actually want this to work and I want to get through my days with him without the constant fear of him exploding, now. I have a lot of quandaries about the entire situation.
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    You know you're an OR nurse if...

    You know you're an OR nurse when other nurses ask you why you are holding your hands "up" after washing. YKYanORnurse when ..... ....you think reusing a hand towel in your home bathroom is not acceptable. ....you wonder if kitchen dishes can be obtained in peel-packs. ....you think a sterile core is just what a proper house would need.
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    New Grad Nurse looking to get into Periop Nursing

    I've heard a similar cost-per-training quoted to me -- where do these numbers come from -- how do they break down?
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    Warm up jackets mandatory

    We are doing this at our facility, as well. We are short on enough to go around and enough of the right size. I think they're going to order more and push that we fully convert to wearing the jackets at all times.
  5. Something to consider -- many hospitals will not allow visible piercings (or tattoos) like that. My hospital's dress code policy goes so far as to discuss not only piercings/tattoos, but what colors of hair are allowable. I acknowledge I'm in a slightly more conservative area, but we are very near a thriving metro...and very near hospitals which are sometimes staffed by men/women with pink/purple hair and full visible arm sleeves that are not required to alter or cover. Consider where you're going to be working in the future. Just some advice.
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    compensation in your state

    I'm in an area where starting pay for Nurses goes anywhere from $21-$26/hr and a 1 bedroom will start around $800-$1000. Welcome to the DC Metro and surrounding areas. You cannot live alone in a safe area and have a Nurse's salary, IMO. The further out you go from that bubble, the lower your cost of living, but of course, wages drop, too. I don't know where the best places are to live/get paid, but you could try Bureau of Labor Statitics. BLS Search Results
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    lithotomy before induction?

    We had this very discussion recently and that's not how I'm being taught for every reason you said, plus most recent textbook is stating otherwise.
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    General/National Status?

    I received a communication this week referencing an OR RN and CST shortage locally and nationally and that even traveling OR nurses are in short supply. I was surprised that this is the case. I'm new to OR (still in training) and I thoroughly love it and don't want to do anything else. Maybe the new hasn't worn off yet, but I don't know why more people aren't trying to get into it. We have also been told that in 10 years the shortage will be much worse if more aren't trained now. Is this true? Where would one go to find these sorts of statistics? I've scanned AORN a bit, but am not finding statistics or indications that there is or will be a shortage? (I'm down with the flu right now, so I could totally be glazing right past it.)
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    On Call ?

    I think OP is trying to figure out what she's in for and that's admirable so she doesn't become one of the statistics that train and then quit... ..and 2nd -- you're completely right about being on-call and not sleeping. I used to take call and I'd wander around wondering what I forgot to pack, tweaking things, then not sleeping or when I did, waking every hour. 'Course, when I'd get the call, I'd be wide awake pretty fast.
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    Veganism and the pursue of nursing

    I toy with veganism -- I'm still on my journey to get there. I follow the writings of Ginny Messina who is a registered dietician and vegan, and has written about the myths of soy, the current thought on "complete proteins", things like where B12 can be gotten in plant sources (Sources of B12 for Vegans), etc. Also, I'm interested in the writings and research by Fuhrman, Essylsten and others. As for veganism in nursing -- I don't discuss it. One good round with a clinical instructor over plant sources of B12 was enough to teach me to shut up. I don't offer nutritional advice (you certainly should not be doing so, OP) and in general, my table-mates might ask what it is I'm eating but usually they don't. Another interesting point is that I'm overweight, so if anyone notices my plate, they just assume I'm trying to lose weight (I am, but that's not the bottom line here). If you keep it to yourself, people will generally leave you alone. If you challenge what others are eating or assume an air of superiority, well... you're asking for it, because this is still a herd/flock/group o' humans you're working in and you will be the one that gets pecked.
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    This is just too much

    If you've only been there 3 months, is it possible to look for another job on the premise you've not held this one? I've read other threads where people have suggested the same. I don't know how legal it is (disclaimer) but when I applied for my current job I didn't realize I'd handed in a slightly out of date resume until it was too late. I verbally corrected my error, but no one seemed to care regardless.
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    Two months in...

    I'd really love some pointers on online resources, apps, sites, quizzes! --Mei
  13. I'd love to know what city (and agency) you're working in/for. I used to live in Ohio and find this interesting.
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    How much trouble am I ? Scale: 1 to super fired

    Haven't quite read all the comments, but when does rank give license to be "mean"? Then she ripped you a new one when you apologized (which I wouldn't have done, btw...). In the language of pack and herd animals, you've just told her, by your behavior, that you agree with how she's treating you. You've acquiesced, consented, submitted. I think that the only valid reason to submit to that treatment is because you don't have options and _do_ have mouths to feed/bills to pay. You've already stated you have other income. Whether it's enough or not is up to you to decide. One of the things I've heard frequently in nursing is that the fish rots from the head down. Bad leaders lead to bad business and you've described a pretty bad one. Get thee on the next train to gone.
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    New grad over 1 year and a few months

    I also agree. I took, and encouraged my classmates to take, several PRN jobs. When I was offered a first full hospital acute care position, I was told that the work I'd done _COULD_ disqualify me from an internship/residency, but that they would work it out with HR to disregard the few months I'd put in before that application was reviewed. Even though I turned that position down, it demonstrated that things aren't as rigid as the OP's advisers suggest. Another classmate worked all year in LTC and now has the job of her dreams lined up -- every path is different. If you have the luxury of not working, that's an entirely different thing, but after a while, yes -- it will affect you. If you've been job hunting for the preferred position, I hope you've been working on your BSN concurrently, because that's the only excuse for stalling to go to work, in my opinion/what I see as the opinion of employers. I could be wrong. I went from ADN straight into BSN program because I didn't plan to work immediately. But, I then decided to earn some cash, took the PRN jobs, then it seemed like jobs offers started coming in kinda fast. Do not overlook your classmates/peers -- they're all out in the job force now, right? Lean on them!! Every job I've gotten has been because a peer let me know it was out there or put in my name or handed off my resume and do I ever appreciate it! I think the offers also came because I demonstrated I'm willing to work/willing to drive and those facilities have legitimate shortages. I do know people who, when they apply to positions are very set on only working a certain job, during a certain work shift, in a certain location. People with those sorts of limitations don't seem to be getting job offers.
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    Resigning and the Incessant "Why?"

    Someone else said that your complaints would not be news to the manager and if your complaints upon exit were going to make an impact, the truth is they already would have. If management cared, they would have done something. At this point, you need to look out for your own career and if throwing around the sugar bowl is what's required, then do so. I also agree with whoever said there's no such thing as anonymity. Nursing is not my first career -- how people relate to each other is the same wherever you go.