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  1. 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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