Inside OR (Operating Room) Nurse Careers

Things you need to know, but nobody tells you

Biggest Surprises

"Experiences Of A Nurse...
Most people think nursing is a crappy job. The truth is this career has opened my eyes to a lot of things and the skills I have picked up will last my lifetime." (Nurse Technician; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Michigan in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Never Get Bored With A Job...
I was surprised by the length of time I stayed a nurse, I was surprised about the complete differences in the specialties." (OR/Cath Lab/Case Management; 2013)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in California, female
School: Studied RN at Pottsville Hospital; School Of Nursing in Pennsylvania; completed Diploma degree in 1972

"More Paperwork In Surgery...
I was surprised at the amount of paperwork that is involved. In my path of nursing, the surgical ward paperwork is double that of most field's." (OR Scrub Nurse; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Mississippi, female
School: Studied Nursing at University Of Southern Mississippi in Mississippi; completed Bachelor degree in 2007

"There are so many directions you can go when it comes to nursing. you can work with kids, older adults, you could become a mid wife with a little more training, you can branch off into a lot of things when it comes to becoming a nurse. nurse practitioners can make just as much if not more than a doctor, where you can have your own patients and prescribe meds. You don't have to just work in a hospital setting you could work in schools, you could become a flight nurse if you like to be in the front lines. you could be a nurse in a nursing home if you like to be in a calmer setting. There are so many routes you can go when it comes to being a nurse." (Registered Nurse; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, female
School: Studied Bachelor Of Science In Nursing at University Of Akron in Ohio; completed Bachelor degree in 2006

"I was very surprised at the high demand for nurses. I was also surprised to find that we can work in any state of the U.S. due to the high demand of nurses. I was also surprised at how fulfilling and rewarding it is to help others in need." (Nurse; 2012)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Nursing at Gulf Coast University in Florida; completed Associate degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Medical-Surgical Nurse: "I like being able to help patient's feel better, whether it's by giving them pain medication or talking to them about their fears/concerns over a new diagnosis or their treatment plan. I also like learning about different disease processes and how to treat that certain disease. I like working with the other nurses, doctors and nursing assistants on my floor. In my opinion the team approach works best when caring for patients. I dislike how under staffed we are at times which makes it difficult to take the time to talk to the patients about their concerns. It can also make it stressful to all the staff members who are trying to do their best to take care of their patients and give them their medications/treatments in a timely fashion." (2011)

Registered Nurse: "One of the best part of being a registered nurse is that I have had the opportunity to try different parts of the nursing field. In my earlier years I worked on a step down cardiac unit & at times worked closely with the recovery room nurses. The other part I have also been able to adjust my schedule to fit my life. When I first started I worked days with call, then when I started a family I went to evenings & lastly when the kids started school with sports I work nights so I feel like I have been home for them. The worst part probably would have to be is that I have seen some extremely sad cases where you know they patients are not going to survive & know that all we can do for them is to make them comfortable." (2011)

Surgical/Trauma Nurse: "Best: I give people knowledge to make their lives better, I help them when they are in pain, I work with a lot of great people, it feels like my job is worth it when you see a patient who was really sick and eventually is well enough to go home Worst: people are not always nice when they are sick, sometimes I feel like the doctors and management don't always listen to us, it is physically demanding and sometimes unpleasant things to see or smell." (2011)

Career Background

OR (Operating Room) Nurse

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Career Tips

"Try Hard In School...
Always put your education up there as a priority." (Nurse Technician; 2014)

"The Thing You Did Not Learn In School But Need To Know To Work And Keep Your License...
After graduation enter an interne program." (OR/Cath Lab/Case Management; 2013)

"Pay Attention...
My advice to you would be to pay attention. In school, clinical, and then ultimately in you career. In nursing you are surrounded every day by experts in the field of medicine. If you are passionate about learning this field you have an endless supply of teachers if you just pay attention." (OR Scrub Nurse; 2013)

"Great Job Ideas When It Comes To A Nursing Degree...
If you want to be successful in nursing you could become a traveling nurse because they offer the most money and you don't have to be always in one place, you get to meet new people all the time. A lot of cities are offering big bonuses and money for you to move to their area to become a traveling nurse." (Registered Nurse; 2013)

"Get A Master's...
For anyone thinking about the nursing profession, I would advise them to be a student nurse assistant in a local hospital. You really get the feel of what it will be like to be a nurse when you graduate. Also you will learn a lot which will help you do well in your college nursing courses. I would also consider going for your master's degree. You will open a lot of doors. You can do anything from being a nurse manager to being a nurse practioner." (Medical-Surgical Nurse; 2011)

"Numerous Nursing Career Options...
If you have any thought about going into nursing, apply right in the beginning. Once you are in the career you have many opportunities to try different fields, you can try a hospital setting, doctor's office, clinics plus community nursing - such as hospice or visiting nurse. It helps that you want to help others - it is not always rewarding - many nights I have had doctors screaming, patients being uncooperative & other nursing staff at odds - but then just one patient comes through & reaches you in a way that it makes it all worth while with just a look or a simple thank you." (Registered Nurse; 2011)

"Opportunities Abound...
Nursing is a huge field with many opportunities to do different things throughout your career without going back to school for another degree. Make sure nursing is something that you can not only handle doing but also enjoy. (Maybe be a nursing assistant part-time to see if it is something you could see yourself doing.) Hospitals are looking for nurses with a BSN and not an associate's degree. So do a 4 year program with a school that has good clinical opportunities." (Surgical/Trauma Nurse; 2011)