"Are you crazy Why are you doing this for I & # 39; m ready!". This is the answer I have gotten a lot of nurses after the first 3 months of surgery. Operating room nursing is not for everyone. The hours can be grueling, the stress overwhelming and the work exhausting.
Why do I love so much? Am I crazy? OK, maybe a little … it & # 39; a kind of prerequisite for working in an OR. Fatigue becomes a way of life. You learn to eat when you can, drink when you can, sleep when you can and go to the bathroom when the opportunity arises.
stuck in a small room with 3-5 other strong personalities for hours. (More if you are a teaching tool, and residents and medical students present.) If the circulating nurse, you will need to orchestrate the actions of a single whole. If the scrub nurse, you in the front row every time something is missing or incorrect.
Every second counts. You need to be extremely efficient and be able to prioritize wisely. What should be done immediately and what should be done soon, and what can wait a minute. When to stop everything and when to hurry along. How to do three things at once, and they are correct. Decisions … Priorities … Multitasking-, these challenges are at every moment.
wanted to look at work? Maybe the OR is not for you. Everyone is the same blue hair and we all wear masks. I worked for months people are not aware of them at the store. "Oh, I & # 39; I never seen you before clothes!" between common greeting or people. Another is "that the & # 39;. And what you look like your hair" You should see the look innocent when you get greeted like that.
The dress code is pretty rigid in an operating room. First, lets discuss jewelry. Jewelry nest of dirty, dangerous and downright killer germs. Bet I never thought that we grow in dark, warm place for your wedding ring! Rings, bracelets and watches should be removed.
necklaces can break and fall on the operated area (called the wound). Please remove all necklaces. The same goes for earrings, remove them, or you can cover your ears with your cap to keep them closed. It sounds sensible, but it makes it really difficult to hear.
I think belly piercings would be OK to leave the subject. I almost forgot … they were not very popular back in the day.
Lets talk about besides nail. Nail another location to carry all those murdering germs. Especially those lovely fake nails and wraps. Get them! Keep those nails natural, clean and no longer than 1/4 inch. Regulations have changed somewhat in recent years, now it is polish your nails, but make sure it is not chipped! Chipped nail polish fall off places we would rather it not go!
What scrubs. Today, if all of these scrubs that are almost fashionable. What a breakthrough in nursing. Forget that in the operating room. We must change each morning in the thickets of the facility … these are the ones that look like they are wearing a sack.
So … fashion diva … Run!
technical aspects of
There are literally thousands of pieces of equipment you will learn to operate and troubleshoot. The number one troubleshooting technique operating room nurse … turn it off and turn it on. Surprisingly, this number one because it usually works.
learn to work with multiple operating room beds. Call them tables between ourselves and beds for patients. Who ever heard on a bed working? Regular tables are used in most procedures. There used X-ray tables, if you need to x-ray the body. There are spinal tables and fracture tables. Some of these look like torture equipment!
or a nurse can work with a variety of lasers, warming devices, cautery units, anti-embolism units, cameras, light sources, drills, suction units, monitors, blood transfusion devices, positioning devices, I will not bore you with the entire list, I I think of the idea.
The operating room, technical knowledge is as important as the people. Required equipment for the operation of the procedure and functioning properly. Many pieces of equipment can harm the patient if not functioning properly. The surgery may have to stop at the crucial moment when something does not work. All equipment must be checked before.
Instruments, Instruments, Devices
"Why do not you try the threader of Mitek anchors?" I asked. "What the hell is that ?!", the doc answered.
or nurses need to know the name and location of thousands of devices. There are devices that are the tools used by most specialties, but also special use one or the other. There are general surgery, orthopedics, podiatry, plastic, vascular, ENT (ear, nose and throat), eyes, obstetrics / OB, Laser, Endoscopic, and more devices.
Thinking of the box is a skill of an experienced or nurse. You have to think of new ways to use old things constantly. Every person is different inside, literally! No two operations are the same. Sometimes what you usually use, does not work … creativity is a must!
Let & # 39; s Wrap Up
I did not realize I had so much to know, and not as an OR nurse! It did not even affect the personalities meet. As I said, or did not care to all.
You have to love the challenge with great energy to be able to think on your feet and hit the ground running. Doctors yell at you all the time something is missing or something goes wrong. You are the unseen nurse. No one remembers your care, because they were asleep for it.
It should be a very strong ego, everything will be all your fault the instant happens. Later, you can get an apology … but at the moment just let them rant. I was taught that one way of doing my job as patient advocate is to let them yell. They explained to me thus, better shout at me, shake their hands like a wound. Much better! Let me get out!
However, this is the only place to care that there is such instant gratification! Some-one & # 39; s so sick gallbladder, take out there, be cured. The baby will die if it is not delivered to him, take out there, the baby lives.
Although the docs yell a lot, learn to make up to you and respect you more than if you were a floor nurse. They see that smarter, more reliable. You are challenged every day. You learn something every day. It's an ever-changing, never static or dull environment. Then there must be mentally and physically 100% at all times. As I say, it is not for everyone, but it seems to thrive on it.
becomes or nurse before
I never stayed in the same place for more than three years (and only two). Things become boring, old, old. This is not a day in the OR! I have been in surgery for 15 years and still love it.