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  1. I recently moved to another province in Canada to be with my fiance, and am transitioning from a rural setting to a city one. I've been an RN for almost five years, with experience on a med-surg floor, in recovery room, operating room, and in community as a wound care nurse. But I'm really stumped here, ladies and gents: I'm applying for every job that is even remotely connected to my skill set, and I'm not even getting a nibble. I've been at this for admittedly not very long--maybe 3 weeks or so. A little backstory: I worked in this health authority when I first graduated and then went to another province after a year of casual work. I took a full time posting in community, and then transitioned to recovery room after 1.5 yrs. I was given the chance at an OR training line, so I took it, and recently (< 6 months) got my perioperative certification from the small hospital (3 ORs, 40-50 beds, ER + stepdown ICU) where I was working. I don't have a lot of OR experience, but I have some and I'm a quick learner and a good teammate. I applied for a casual position back in the spring (March) when I was looking for a chance to come east and be with my partner, and interviewed via phone. When I didn't hear anything else, I figured they'd backburnered me because their intakes are spring (April) and fall (Sept) and it was unlikely that I could quit my position and get licensed in a new province for April, a discussion we had during the interview. I recently saw a casual post for OR come up and I've applied for it again, as well as contacted the HR rep and the manager who interviewed me, but nothing back yet. I have my license to practice here now, and I'm just wondering if it's better to take any casual position I can get just so I'm part of the CBA, or if I should try and get a position in my chosen field. It's just a bit of a shock to come from a rural place where you can work overtime 3-5 days/week to a city where no one will look at you twice! Advice and input are appreciated. RNable, the country mouse
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    T shirt idea

    Our pre-and post-op unit is called the "Adult Day Care Unit" which sounds a bit to me like a preschool daycare setup. ADCU took on preoperative prep, postoperative (discharged from PACU) patients, but also manages cases from interventional radiology, overflow from ER, and any standing order patients. It's actually crazy. My friend's joke as a lifer over in that area (while I worked PACU) was "do it once, it's a favour; twice, it's your job; three times, better have a standing order for it!"
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    Is it impossible to get in OR or what?

    Speaking from experience as a new OR nurse...I got into this program specifically through working at a small, rural site; we don't have the resources to have OR nurses *just* do OR, so they're trained to do OR, recovery, presurgical screening clinic, and so on. Prior to this, I had acute care experience (med/surg) and community health experience. For larger centres, I suspect that it's not impossible, it's just harder and might require you to get some more acute care experience before making the transition into the OR.
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    Tips for handling the stress of on-call

    Thanks for the input! We did go in today and do a couple of cases. I was with more experienced nurses and so felt very comfortable with things. I think you're right, @FurBabyMom; it's just going to take time to get a little more comfortable, but it will come.
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    For where I am in a small, rural facility, we are preceptored for our perioperative program (approx 12 weeks) and then set free on two ORs. We scrub, circulate, and work PACU in rotation. It's nice because you get to switch it up.
  6. 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!
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    I hate being a nurse

    I concur; I graduated in 2015 and have worked med/surg, community, and perioperative; in each, there was something to make me stressed, anxious, or consumed by the work. I kept hearing the recurrent phrase "nursing is not a career--it's who you are." Not for me. I was a person with an education separate from my nursing degree, and feeling like my identity was consumed by my work is a horrible situation mentally and emotionally. In each workplace, from small hospitals to big city, I've been thrown in despite a lack of confidence, wound up shortstaffed in every environment imaginable, and told that "this is just how it goes." Now I try and consider what I can add to my learning in each environment, instead of constantly telling myself that I'm not good enough or I'm failing at this somehow. Don't give up--just try and learn and decide what is and isn't for you. It does get easier.
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    I Want to Make a Difference in My Patients' Lives

    Home Nursing in a small place might well be for you! I'm working in a smaller community and have discovered that home care does a heap of stuff that larger places either pass on to other departments or do in hospital. It's pretty cool, actually--we see clients with central lines in community, provide palliative care and family support for those who are dying or wish to die at home, perform set up for delegation of task for clients who have trouble with their medications, and do foot and wound care as well as help in ambulatory clinic in the hospital. In short, we're busy nurses and the load is diverse. Don't give up on home care just yet--it may well be more than paperwork and wounds :)

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