Operating Room Nurse Day 2017 is on Tuesday, November 14, 2017: how can i prepare myself for being an operating room nurse?
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OR nursing is a lot different than many people imagine it to be. When you are the circulating RN on a case, you really don't do much other than prep the patient on the table, and document, document, document! You also act as the overlord and make sure everything is kept sterile, keep counts of sharps and sponges and other instruments, etc.
There are usually surgical techs who assist with the actual surgery in most places, so you wouldn't be getting in there up at the table, as most people might think. But some hospitals do still train their RNs to scrub and assist, even though technically it is usually considered outside of the scope of RN practice in a lot of places.
OR nurses make the same as any other nurse working in any other specialty area for the most part. Pay differences within a hospital setting are more often based on your experience level rather than where you work. But you tend to find the more experienced nurses working in places like the OR, ICU, etc., so people tend to think you make more money in those areas when you really don't.
What are the hours for an operating room nurse?
Just like any other nursing position, it depends on the job position and what you agree to work. You could work part time or full time, you could work 8 or 12 hour shifts, you might work every other weekend or every third, you might work a combination of shifts (day/evening/night) or straight shifts (all eves or all nights - straight days is hard to get unless you have a ton of seniority or work at an out-patient surgical center that isn't open nights), and you may or may not be expected to have on-call shifts. It all depends on where you work and what job you agree to take.
Army Operating Room Specialist (68D)?
The operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and the operating room (OR) environment for surgery and for providing assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. They also operate the centralized material service (CMS) and are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for medical treatment facilities. The operating room specialist also assists in the management of operating room suites.
Assists in preparing patients and operating room environments for surgery and provides assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. Performs various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed. Maintains the cleanliness of the operating room and sets up sterile fields for surgical procedures. Receives, cleans, decontaminates, sterilizes, stores and issues various medical supplies and equipment used during surgical procedures.
Provides technical guidance to subordinates. Performs operating room scrubs and provides scrub and circulator services as required. Sets up, positions, and operates specialized operating room equipment. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.
Training Information: 9 weeks, 0 days, at Fort Sam Houston, TX followed by 10 weeks, 0 days at a major military hospital for residency training.
ASVAB Score Required: 95 in aptitude area ST
In any military branch you get paid from the first day you start basic training/boot camp until the day you are discharged.
There are a few bonuses but don;t count on this MOS getting one. Bonuses are used to fill hard to train or hard to retain MOSs and 68D isn't one of those. You have umpteen-thousand people who would be willing to sign up for this MOS. I wouldn't even count on this MOS being open. There aren't many 68Ds and I'm sure whatever opening they get fill up very fast.