I'm a very new OR nurse (graduated from my PeriOp program less than six months ago) and I'm currently working in a small, rural hospital which runs 2 ORs and an endoscopy suite. Because we are chronically short-staffed, new periop nurses are required to take call shortly after finishing their program. I'm on call all weekend for our orthopedic team and for any c-sections that come our way. Typically, our on call team consists of two nurses, a scrub and a circulator, but because I'm orientating, they've given us a third nurse for support.
I'd like to ask more experienced OR nurses how they deal with the stress of call; I've been trying to just go about my business while not doing anything that will be too challenging to extricate myself from; i.e. walking the dog, cleaning the house, and generally lying low. However, I found sleeping last night very challenging; I woke every couple of hours, checking my phone to ensure I hadn't slept through anything even though I knew my ringer was on maximum and I'm a light sleeper anyway.
I'm sure it will get easier with time, but I just wanted to ask what people do to calm themselves or stay grounded when on call. Part of me knows that this is happening because I have a little bit of anxiety, another part knows that I feel that anxiety partially because I'm relatively new to the perioperative environment. Any suggestions welcome!