Three Things You Should Know About OR Nurses

Three Things You Should Know About OR Nurses


Hi I’m Rob MacIsaac. And I’m Stephanie, I’m a registered
nurse working in the operating room a the General. And we’re here today to talk
about three things you should know about being an OR nurse. So the first thing
you need to know Rob is that an OR nurse has a skill set that can be
applied to any surgery within the operating room so we can transition from
the general service to the plastic service to all of the other services and
our skill set can be utilized in each different department. That must make
very interesting work life. It makes for a very interesting work life. There’s no
monotony in OR nursing. So the next thing you need to know Rob is that
an OR nurse manages all of the activities within the operating room so
we can have a couple of different roles we can either be the circulating nurse
or we can do the scrub nurse depending on what your assignment for that day has
been. Can you talk about, I’m interested in the difference the different roles
between the scrub nurse versus a circulating nurse. The scrub nurse role
is what most people would typically associate with what they think
an OR nurse does. So your scrubbed your gowned, your directly in the surgical
field you’re handing up surgical instruments. When you’re the circulating
nurse you manage everything beyond the surgical field so in that capacity
you’re doing things like providing equipment up to the sterile field that
needs to be opened, assisting anesthesia, managing the counts, managing the chart,
but you’re also doing other things you’re maintaining the flow of the
operating room so there’s a lot of different balls in the air at the same
time it’s the ultimate exercise in multitasking. So maybe you talk tell us
about given the nature of the job what kind of person really thrives as an
OR nurse? An or nurse has to be somebody who does
well under pressure who is adaptable and thrives on constant
change. So what, so what is it about the OR that that calls all that into play?
I can safely say that the operating room is the safest place to be in the
hospital there’s always multiple highly trained skilled individuals in play. That
being said so many things can happen.You can be doing what anyone would consider
to be just a basic generic case and that can change at the drop of a hat where
all of a sudden things have gotten to be a lot more critical and require more
serious intervention. In those situations you need to be prepared to act prepared
to intervene and be okay functioning in those circumstances. I get
it. So I really enjoyed meeting Stephanie today and getting shown through the OR
and having a conversation with her about the role of the OR nurse. I think the
three things you should know about OR nurses is first of all they start off as
nurses and then train up to be OR nurses so it’s a kind of specialization
within the nursing field but for every you OR nurse they can end up doing so
many different things so they don’t specialize by procedure but they specialize
by the fact that there are an OR nurse. So the second thing you should know but
OR nurses is the fact that they really facilitate the operation of a
smooth operating room. They’re the ones that really facilitate everything going
well making sure that the surgeons and everybody else in the room has
everything that they need so it’s a really critical role. The last thing is I
think you know they need to expect the unexpected there’s so many different
things that can happen in an OR and it really goes to the role and the
nature of the role of no our nurse that they need to be prepared to deal with
urgent things as they occur so there’s a lot of flexibility a lot of different
different parts to the job I think it’s a very rewarding job exciting fast-paced
and I admired the the role that Stephanie is working on. It’s amazing to
me that we have a shortage of OR nurses because I do think it’s a role that is
super valuable within the hospital. So if you’re thinking about becoming an
OR nurse please let us know because we’d like to help you along that journey.
Anyway that’s it for today and I’ll see you next time.


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