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    Day in Your Life

    I came right to the OR out of nursing school and I love it! Its very different from other specialties. Nursing school did not provide much either in preparation. My typical day consists of: -morning meeting to discuss any issues or concerns for the days cases -I'm usually assigned to a specific room for the day either as a circulator or a scrub. Either way you'll prepare your room and gather supplies for the day. -start our first patient. I'll make sure everything is in order, consents, meds etc. and ill be in communication with the crna and the doc. -During the procedure (if I'm circulating) I basically make sure that everyone has everything that they need. There is a lot of charting and documentation. You'll help to connect instruments and provide the scrub with anything else they may need. -After the procedure you'll accompany the patient along with the crna to PACU and give report. This is just a base of the things that we do here. There is obviously much more. It is a big learning curve for everyone including experienced nurses. I went through the periop 101 program with an experienced nurse and she has the same learning curve that I did. It's very different and highly specialized. I like the environment though, one pt at a time and for the most part predictability of your day. You do have to take call but I see that as an opportunity for $$$$! Also, give yourself time. It is spoken that at least 2 years are required to feel confident here. Hope that helps, Good luck on your journey
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    Are you yelled at a lot?

    I do both.
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    Are you yelled at a lot?

    I'm a newer OR nurse (1 year). Take comfort in knowing that the surgeons who do throw tantrums, do it to everyone. It won't just be you. With that being said, if you can deal with mental health patients, you can deal with an angry physician. Give yourself time! It takes a while to get used to the OR. But when you are comfortable, its really nice! I love it here. For every grumpy staff member there are 5 who are super fun to work with. I love what I do, my hours and most of the people I work with.
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    Periop 101 Final Exam Advice? (2018 / 2017?)

    This thread is super helpful. Im starting the program in July and it is great to have insight into what is expected and to have access to the study guides. Thank you
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    shift preference? and pigeon-holed new grad?

    I will be starting the periop 101 program in a few weeks and I couldn't be more excited! I am a new RN grad. Initially, I was told by many of my peers that it would not be a good place to start for the same reasons you have mentioned in your post. I disagree with many of these reasons. At one point I did plan to start somewhere else with the hope of someday transitioning to the OR. Once I graduated I realized that was stupid! If my end goal was the OR anyway, why wait? I know I love the OR and all it entails and it seemed foolish to do something else just because of what others advised. Prior to being hired to the OR I worked as a tech in a level I trauma center. I am very grateful for all that I have learned from the job but while in school I was considering this ED if only for the experience and I was honestly dreading it. I give those RN's a lot of credit but, I see on a daily basis what they go through and I do not desire that kind of experience at this point in my life. I am 41 and I thrive on organization and team camaraderie. I also wanted a better schedule to suit my life with my family and the OR can deliver that. I will be starting on 4 10's M-F. My hours will be 11am-9:30pm. I was told that I could eventually switch to 3 12's which is the most desired at my facility. I was also informed that the 12hr shifts fly by for most depending on the specialty within the OR. On call is "mostly" taken by the on call team in my hospital. But I was told that there is always some available if desired and there is a certain amount that must be taken every four weeks or so. I hope this offers some insight. When I rotated through the OR I knew I belonged there. If it was the same for you, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Good luck to you
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    Tell me about your PeriOP 101 Program

    I will be starting the periop 101 in a few weeks for a large level I trauma center. and i was told by my hiring manager that one day per week is dedicated to the didactic (classroom) portion of the program. The other four days of the week are spent in the OR with an assigned preceptor. We do this for 6 months and even that is followed by an orientation period that may last 5-10 weeks. I am a recent graduate with no other RN experience and it is my understanding that even the experienced take the same classes with us. Which Im looking forward to. It will be interesting to get different perspectives on the material that is taught. I hope that offers some insight. Im also curious to hear other responses on this topic.
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    NCLEX U world

    Keep doing the questions and take a practice. I did a little over half, took one of the predictors. Scored 58%. That puts you in the good zone to pass! 50% is good! I took my NCLEX in 75 questions, 17 SATA and passed. Uworld is great and your scores seem good. Good luck!
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    Is it impossible to get in OR or what?

    I just had my interview for the fellowship in my area in Pennsylvania. I won’t know till next week (fingers crossed) with that being said, during my interview I was told that I would take the fellowship with new grads like me and RN’s with no OR experience. Possibly those types of programs are more competitive in your area?
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    Is it impossible to get in OR or what?

    Do you mean where?
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    Is it impossible to get in OR or what?

    I would keep looking. I recently graduated and I have an interview with my hospital for the OR fellowship. It’s an intensive 6 month program. It is a teaching hospital and they take new students and nurses from any specialty. I think if you keep looking or if you’re willing to travel a little farther from your area you could locate a good program. Good luck.
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    Bathroom Breaks

    Unfortunately, this is very common in the district that my children are/were in. My children 26, 19 and 12 all at some point in their school years urinated in their pants because they were not allowed to use the bathroom. By the time it happened to my youngest I was furious. I went right to the teacher and expressed my anger and concern. She subsequently felt horrible and apologized. Needless to say it never happened again. But, I think that was just with my child. The overall school policy has remained unchanged. Attending the district meetings are probably necessary to change policy. But for starters, talking with the teachers may help. Within our school district there are many disadvantaged, poverty level parents. In turn, the kids suffer. Mostly by acting out, misbehaving etc. This I feel, sours the faculty and all the kids pay the consequences of another's misdeeds. My point is just because one kid will act out on a bathroom trip that doesn't mean all will. Its wrong to inflict this "limited bathroom trips" to all. I wish they would change the policies in our district and I wish the best to you and yours.
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    New Grad NICU Question

    I am currently in my last semester of nursing school, so excited to finish! Any who. I worked as a technician in a GI lab for 2 years and I was able to see first hand the role of the nurses there. Personally, I think that it may hinder your chances at nicu. You do not practice anything neonatal in gi. Even on our pediatric days we never saw anyone younger than around 2 years old. You'll be assisting with biopsies at times and injecting meds for the doc. There are some other responsibilities, but none that will assist with a position in nicu. And its mostly charting. I would recommend pediatrics or emergency. Peds you will deal with babies, not so much neonates, but its better than Gi. Emergency you will see all. Again babies and peds, not really neonates. I still think that those are better options than going to gi, if you have the hopes of being a future nicu nurse. I hope that helps. Good Luck!
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    February 2018 Caption Contest - Win $100!

    Just another day in the GI lab.
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    Can i bee a nurse if ...?

    The sciences are hard no matter what. But what makes someone "good" in sciences? In my opinion, everyone can be good in the sciences, it's just a matter of studying enough. You may have to work a little harder than some but that doesn't mean you can't do it and excel. I also am currently in nursing school, I am almost 40 and I am married with three children. It's all time management and organization. If you can do that you've already set a good foundation for your nursing career. Keep going, your not wasting your time. Good luck!
  15. I am currently half way through nursing school, my experience includes: CNA in geriatric and hospital setting(20 years between the 2) also non sterile operative procedures such as oral surgery(out patient) and endoscopy. Literally from one end to the other,lol! When I started nursing school I transferred from endoscopy to the ED( because of the need for evening shift and the interest in trauma!). Although my position is that of an emergency tech, it has offered me great insight into what the nurses experience in the emergency department on a daily basis. Long story short, it's not for me. Its chaotic (I realize the OR could be too), messy, unpredictable and very unorganized. Coming from doing scheduled procedures(endoscopy, oral surgery) I really miss the regimen of those processes. I recently had my OR experience in school and I loved it! I went in thinking I would hate it, but I was wrong. I love the planning, the schedule, the need for rapport with the docs and the focus required by the rn for the procedures. I will be 40 in less than a month and I have had much experience in healthcare, and surprisingly have a need for an organized workplace. I don't want med-surg because I know I would hate it, and the other departments I've either rotated to or worked in bring me a great sense of dread envisioning a future there. My only concern with choosing the operating room right out of the gates is of course experience. I was already offered a position and the hospital offers a nurse residency program of at least 6 months. I know that the "floor nurse" experience is recommended but, I know I won't want to ever do that kind of nursing. Considering all of this, am I making the right decision by going to the OR right out of school?
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    How do you study for pathophysiology?

    Pathophysiology made incredibly easy by Lippincott,Williams & Wilkins is by far my fav book! You can buy new or a used older copy(the latter is my recommendation, pathophysiology doesn't change from edition to edition) on Amazon fairly inexpensive. It very simply explains the pathophysiology and important factors of most diseases/disorders. It was written by nurses, so the perspective they have with the explanations is relevant to your future profession as an RN! Best of luck!

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