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Specialty change Flight RN to CVOR

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RickyRescueRN has 21 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, Trauma, CCT,Emergency, Flight.

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So after many many years working as a flight nurse on board a Life Flight helicopter, I finally resolved to put in an application at my facility as a CV OR RN. I had a good amount of OR experience many years ago in a CV OR (in South Africa) where we scrubbed an circulated; however I was drawn into ICU, Trauma Resus and Flight for most of the next 21years . I feel that I am stagnating in what I currently do and the OR presents an entirely different world with new challenges and experiences. What does the typical OR interview involve these days and what are the main focus of the questions (besides the usual behavioral , communication type questions). Any pointers and input from you, my experienced colleagues, would be greatly appreciated. Apprehensive, but excited here and ready for a new challenge in our great profession.

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I'm sure you'll do fine as far as interview dynamics go, but I don't think you could have chosen a subspecialty further away from flight nursing than CVOR. Be prepared to convincingly explain that seismic paradigm shift and why you think that it is a reasonable switch in the interview because it will raise some eye brows. Not at all trying to discourage you, press on. Just know that you'd be the one of the very few FN's (if not the first) to interview for that job, especially for the reasons you give. 

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