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?