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What class in nursing school do they teach you surgical procedures?

Has <1 years experience.

I am SO excited to reach that class soon, whatever class it is.

I love seeing blood, the way they do sutures, etc etc. I'm hearing impaired and I learn way better doing hands on.

Anything hands on, is fun to learn for me but I'm more excited for surgical procedures and "sewing" pts up! :D

Jensmom7, BSN, RN

Has 36 years experience. Specializes in Hospice.

Short answer? They don't.

If you're lucky, at some point during your MedSurg rotation, you might get a chance to watch one surgery. But you won't be in the front row, and you most certainly won't be assisting the surgeon in any way, shape or form.

what Jensmom said, you won't be doing anything remotely hands on for surgical anything!! might be confusing nursing school with medical school. If you're lucky you will get to see something surgical at some point, but you will be a guest who is placed well out of the way.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in OR, education.

Nursing school just can't give a glimpse into each and every nursing specialty out there. They aim to teach you the nursing basics- and surgery isn't part of that. However, as Jensmom said, you may get an observation day in the OR. There might be the possibility of doing a preceptorship/capstone in the OR or another perioperative area if your program provides that and can find a willing preceptor, or you can look into nursing externships that may include a rotation in the OR.

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

We learn more about common complications of common surgical procedures. Dressing changes, yes. "Sewing people up", no.

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in PICU.

Med Surg clinical is typically the first clinical, you will do bed baths, Vitals, and maybe one day give a med, depending on your school and clinical instructor. In your Med Surg rotation you will likely have 1 day in an OR observation. You will not get to touch the patient or do anything, it is an observation.

If you like the hands on suturing, etc, maybe think about a surgical tech, not a nurse as they get to assist with some of those things. Not to dissuade you from nursing, but if those are the skills you want, maybe think about a different pathway.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Has 12 years experience. Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

There is often a lot of suturing and blood in the ER. :)

As everyone else said, you don't learn surgical procedures in nursing school. We got a day in the OR and must have been luckier than most with the surgeon operating that day because he brought us right up to the table. We (another gal and I) were standing well out of the way and the surgeon looked at us and said "Well ya can't see anything good all the way over there! C'mon over here" We ended up being able to see the whole shebang. I will never forget that experience, mostly because the woman who assisted the surgeon wore stiletto heels :eek:

OldDude

Specializes in Pediatrics.

None, they let us stand around in the OR a few times and look stupid, but that was about it for us

Yeeeaaaa. Nurses don't suture people up. If you want to do that you'll have to go on to be a NP and work in the ER. Then you'll get to suture people. But you certainly won't be sewing people up in nursing school. As others have said, if you're lucky, you may get to stand and observe in an OR.

Alicia777

Specializes in Surgery.

As everyone else said, you don't learn surgical procedures in nursing school. We got a day in the OR and must have been luckier than most with the surgeon operating that day because he brought us right up to the table. We (another gal and I) were standing well out of the way and the surgeon looked at us and said "Well ya can't see anything good all the way over there! C'mon over here" We ended up being able to see the whole shebang. I will never forget that experience, mostly because the woman who assisted the surgeon wore stiletto heels :eek:

I'm a surgical NP-I always try and invite the nursing student over to the field. I remember being a scared little nursing student myself and standing waaay off in the corner. Boo.

I'm a surgical NP-I always try and invite the nursing student over to the field. I remember being a scared little nursing student myself and standing waaay off in the corner. Boo.

I remember being scared to death of compromising anything sterile LOL. One of my fellow students had her OR experience the week prior to us, and she reached right over the big tray of sterile goodies...she was mortified! Of course this was right at the forefront of our brains when we went in the following week, so we stood WAAAY out of the way...hands clasped together so we weren't tempted to touch anything LOL!

Surgical NP sounds interesting!! :)

irishicugal

Has 16 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Med-Surg, Float.

A day in the OR? We got 6 weeks as part of our nursing school - 2 weeks of observation then a week each of anaesthetics, recovery, scrub and circulating! Guess we were lucky! But yeah, I think you're confusing nursing with medicine lol [emoji33]

A day in the OR? We got 6 weeks as part of our nursing school - 2 weeks of observation then a week each of anaesthetics, recovery, scrub and circulating! Guess we were lucky! But yeah, I think you're confusing nursing with medicine lol [emoji33]

Holy crap! Some people in my class didn't even get a DAY in the OR. Now the program I went through they do one day but they follow one patient through the entire process: pre-op, surgery, recovery, and then either post-op or to the floor.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I've been a student in four different nursing programs (LVN, ASN, BSN, MSN) and did not learn surgical procedures in any of my schooling adventures.

The closest I got was observing the surgeon perform a gastrostomy tube insertion in the surgery suites during my LVN clinical rotations in 2005.

itiswell

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in Neuro/Trauma Critical Care.

In regards to awful blunders in the OR -- I work for a wonderful doctor who has let me shadow him in the OR a number of times. The first time I touched the sterile microscope with my bare hands... I literally wanted to melt into a puddle. I think everyone in the room wanted to kill me haha.

xmilkncookiesx, RN

Has <1 years experience.

In regards to awful blunders in the OR -- I work for a wonderful doctor who has let me shadow him in the OR a number of times. The first time I touched the sterile microscope with my bare hands... I literally wanted to melt into a puddle. I think everyone in the room wanted to kill me haha.

That is hilarious lol

xmilkncookiesx, RN

Has <1 years experience.

Yes, sterile fields are one of my least favorites because of how easy you can mess up lol.

Thank you all for sharing! NP may be my path soon :)

Maevish, ASN, RN

Has 9 years experience. Specializes in ICU, Postpartum, Onc, PACU.

It depends, but usually in the Medsurg/Advanced Medsurg clinicals or even in PICU/Peds. I got really lucky and got to see a few in Med/Surg, the highlight there being a couple CABGs where the cardio surgeon was nice enough to let me get on a stool at the head of the bed (by the Anesthesiologist/CRNA) so I could see everything. That was epic! In Peds I was at a children's hospital, which is the BEST for seeing pediatric anything and everything and got to see a couple cool surgeries there that I'd never get to see on the adult population. My case study for that class was on a 28 weeker with truncus arteriosis who'd had a clear covering over her chest since she was too small to close in the first surgery. She wasn't able to be moved to the OR for some reason (mind you, this was nearly 10 years ago and I can't remember the reason haha) so they brought the surgical team up to the PICU and did the surgery in the room. She was so small, though, that I didn't get to see much :p If you make yourself available at the right time (or are just lucky) you'll get to see some cool stuff, but that's not the majority of what you'll see. When I was pre-med in college we got to practice suturing in advanced anatomy (the class where you and a couple friends have to dissect a whole cadaver, something you don't get to do in basic human anatomy), but usually nursing school doesn't afford that type of experience or practice. Good luck and I hope you see a lot!! xo

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