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Realistic to work OR PRN?

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Hi everyone...

As some of you may already know, I am trying to return to nursing after being out for 4 years, and for now, I will only be able to work PRN. I have wanted to work in the OR ever since my OR rotation in nursing school and it just so happened that our local hospital put up a new posting for a PRN OR position that didn't require previous OR experience. I was like WHOA :eek:... it seemed a little too good to be true, but I applied anyway!

After the fact, I started reading some of the threads on here by OR nurses, and I am beginning to think it IS too good to be true after all... so I thought I'd ask you guys what you think.

Can I realistically work PRN in the OR - learning everything I need to know, gaining enough experience to be competent, so on and so forth?

I appreciate any responses! I know I am jumping the gun a little, seeing as I just applied, but I was soooo excited about the prospect of actually getting the job I always wanted, but now I'm a little discouraged and want to see if I am worrying unneccessarily or if my worries are precedented.

Thank you all for your time!

They will probably make you work full-time until you are fully trained. Ask them.

BethCNOR, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR, ER, Med-Surg, ICU, CCU, Home Health. Has 40 years experience.

I agree with Linda. They may also want you to take a refresher course since you've been out of nursing for a while.

Hi everyone...

As some of you may already know, I am trying to return to nursing after being out for 4 years, and for now, I will only be able to work PRN. I have wanted to work in the OR ever since my OR rotation in nursing school and it just so happened that our local hospital put up a new posting for a PRN OR position that didn't require previous OR experience. I was like WHOA :eek:... it seemed a little too good to be true, but I applied anyway!

After the fact, I started reading some of the threads on here by OR nurses, and I am beginning to think it IS too good to be true after all... so I thought I'd ask you guys what you think.

Can I realistically work PRN in the OR - learning everything I need to know, gaining enough experience to be competent, so on and so forth?

I appreciate any responses! I know I am jumping the gun a little, seeing as I just applied, but I was soooo excited about the prospect of actually getting the job I always wanted, but now I'm a little discouraged and want to see if I am worrying unneccessarily or if my worries are precedented.

Thank you all for your time!

A refresher course would be useless in OR. I do think they would require a full time orientation for sure.

MERRYWIDOW46

Specializes in ER, OR, PACU, TELE, CATH LAB, OPEN HEART. Has 33 years experience.

My last OR job I was PT 24 hours/week, I oriented 40 hours a week (had 28 years experience when I took that job).

I just accepted a Float postion 24 hours/week, NOT in OR and will be orienting 36 hours/week.

MOST PRN and PT positions you are expected to orient FT because it would take forever, especially in OR without experience. It IS DOABLE though.

Thank you for all the replies :)

I was wondering how they could effectively do the orientation for PRN (in any unit), so that makes a lot of sense. As for the refresher course, I contacted the BON and they said it is not required, but I may have to do the new-grad type orientation if the facility preferred...

Thanks again everyone!

I recieved an email from HR today, saying that they hired a new OR director who starts next week, and that they would be interviewing after that... so looks like I might still have a shot! :D

Well, looks like this position has been filled (according to the hospital website). Just wanted to update the post! Still have applications in for a few other positions, so keeping my fingers crossed that one of them will come through!