It takes a special kind of nurse to be an operating room nurse. Whether you're scrubbing or circulating it requires a lot of skill, training, concentration, anticipation...and the list goes on. You'll spend a lot of time on your feel in the OR, especially if you're scrubbing. If you're circulating well I hope you like running marathons, cause that's what you'll be doing most of your day!
Most OR nurses are very proud of what they do and it really is a specialty of nursing that is very unique and highly skilled. The majority of the skills you need are not acquired in nursing school and it takes at least a year to be comfortable in the surgical setting. It's a whole different world. If you're an OR nurse, you know what I'm talking about.
You have to know your Criles from your Kellys and your Ballentines from your Heaneys, and you better know how to count in a hurry.
Things change on a dime in the OR. One minute you are opening for a simple D & C and the next minute that case is canceled and you're running around like a chicken-with-no-head to open an emergency craniotomy...Gotta love those.
Then there's the times when you're at a nice restaurant with your family and you're just digging into a big juicy steak and the blasted pager goes off for a nice ole rectal abscess....Yum. Best of all it's Dr. Friendly's case.
How do you know you're an OR nurse? Here's a few ways to figure it out:
You Know You Are An OR Nurse When:
You anticipate everything. Most people think you're telepathic
The people you work with don't recognize you out of your scrubs, hat and mask.
You find yourself communicating more with your eyes, even when you don't have a mask on.
You're quite used to being yelled at for making others wait for thirty seconds.
You don't think it's odd when people say, "I didn't know you had hair."
You go to work in your "pajamas" in the middle of the night, and wear them all day too!
You'll talk about pus, blood and vomit even while people are eating.
You'll eat anything you find hanging around in the lounge, but cringe when someone leans over your food at a restaurant.
You "dance" with surgeons and "tie" them up.
People tell you, "I've never seen you with clothes on before," and you don't think they're strange. Although, the eavesdroppers at the grocery store may think YOU'RE a stripper.
You baste your turkey with a Toomey syringe.
You've seriously considered just "straight cathing" yourself when you're didn't get a break to pee
You have no clue what the rest of the hospital really looks like and you don't know any of the "other" staff. You couldn't give directions to anyone.
You can anticipate when your family will need drinks, before they actually need them. Oh, and you give them straws!
When you hand someone a pair of scissors at home, you slap it in their hand.
Your ears are tuned to only hear, "I want this", "I need this", ...but you usually have what they need. You go into overdrive when anyone says, "Oh, S**T".
You can eat off your kitchen floor at home.
You have awesome listening skills, you can hear what 5 folks are saying all at once.
You never buy dish clothes and clean everything with lap sponges...Doesn't everyone?
When you lift anything at home you always count to three before you lift it.
Feel free to add to this list if you know some more. Comment below!