What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Orlando:
"The real story."
You have to be able to function in every capacity, be flexible. You are the gate-keeper. Prepare to work non-stop, feel under-appreciated at times. Very high stress environment. Most of the responsibility in the OR is on you. You do what you do for the patients and their family. Money cannot be your motivation.An advance degree is not rewarded unless you want to pursue management or other levels of nursing. You will get verbal recognition sometimes. Having the knowledge and skills gives you a feeling of accomplishment. Improve yourself and advance in your career.
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Macon:
Have an open mind when starting a new job. Accept advice and help from colleges. Listen more than you talk.
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Miami:
"If you don't know ask."
Ask those more experienced than you for advice and guidance. Never be afraid to admit you don't know something. You hold a persons life in your hands on a daily basis. Take it seriously.
Registered Nurse (RN), Operating Room in Kansas City:
"Take Every Opportunity."
Learn as many roles (scrub, circulator) as possible and to function in as many surgical services as possible. Take every opportunity to "second scrub" and "second circulate" unfamiliar cases with experienced staff and help in traumas as needed. Take opportunities to participate in committees, etc. To broaden your understanding of your workplace and have input.