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You Know You're An Operating Room Nurse If...
Operating Room nursing is a very special calling. Not everyone is cut out for it and most will not put up with it. However, there is much fun to be had if you make it through the first year! OR nursing requires stamina and thinking on your feet. Whether you are circulating or scrubbing there never seems to be time to sit. It is the ever moving, ever changing calling of the few, the proud, and the crazy. (Note: You understand if you are an OR nurse!)
We live in a world of ever-changing technology...ever-changing technique..ever-changing surgeon preferences. Change is the only constant. If you can't live with change on a minute to minute basis, don't even come here!
And you have to like to work. The longest I have ever worked consecutively is 26 hours. It was a busy day and night! We are the makers and the shakers. As far as I can tell, even truck drivers may not work so long. However, when you start in an OR, you will find out that you are miraculous. Suddenly, you will have powers not endowed on the normal mortal!
Extraordinary stamina, the ability to be in two places at the same time and more will be expected of you. The ordinary calls of nature such as bathroom breaks, lunch and a drink of water will be below you. (At least that is what your surgeons will believe.) You will become the super-nurse, the OR nurse!
How do you know if you are an OR nurse? Here are a few ways to tell:
You Know You Are An OR Nurse When:
- You have seen so many “privates” you would no longer recognize a "major".
- All the things people don’t like about you make you really good at your job.
- You go to work in your “pajamas“in the middle of the night, and don't change when there is a stat section.
- You don't think it is strange when people say, "I've never seen you with hair before."
- You are yelled at if you make someone wait 30 seconds, and this is commonplace.
- You talk about pus while you eat.
- You yell "Code Brown" to get the surgeon out of the room.
- You will eat anything in the lounge, even Jalapeno pretzals.
- You “tie up” your doctors and everyone thinks it is OK.
- People tell you, “I’ve never seen you in clothes before” when you are shopping at WalMart.
- You sleep when you can, you eat when you can, and sometimes it’s just easier to put in a foley catheter!
- When you are out with your friends you can anticipate who needs a drink 10 minutes before they ask.
- You also know who will be early, who will be late and who will be on time...and you plan accordingly.
- You only pay attention to the conversation when they say, "I need", "I might", "I think"...only to find out you already have it.
- Your anticipation skills are so good, people swear you are a mind reader.
- 5 people can be yelling at you at the same time and you do not get flustered...or upset.
- You can get someone to trust you with their lives in five minutes or less.
- You are so aware of your personal space, your friends swear you have eyes in the back of your head.
You too can be super-human, more than all that you can be...otherwise known as an OR (operating room) nurse. There are never enough of the good ones, so you will always have a job. If you would like to escape from the uncertainty of the economy today, become an OR nurse. It is one job you will either love or hate!