So my OR experience shed light on my career path. I’m not a fan of the OR. Surgery? Yes. I love surgery. It was completely bad ass and I would definitely like to spend time in the OR on occasion just to be nosey. But I can’t imagine my nursing career being limited to that. We were assigned a patient in preop, followed thru into surgery, and then into post op…. and it was just so… impersonal for lack of a better term. I have really enjoyed my time on the med surg floor – meeting patients, getting to know them somewhat, meeting their families. In the OR, the majority of time you spend with your patient you spend with them completely asleep to the world. I just don’t think it’s up my alley. I’m not nearly that technical and analytical either. I think having to count the sponges more than once might make my head explode.
However, watching the OR team work together was definitely an experience. It’s like a well oiled machine in there. I wish that the floor nurses could get that kind of team work going on in their units…. patient care would skyrocket. The techs worked with the nurses and the nurses worked with the surgeons, and everyone was like a big happy family. I did envy that environment.
I can’t believe that my first semester of nursing is almost over. It’s balls to the wall from here on out though – exams and finals and summatives. I’m ready to move on to the next class though – Pediatrics!