Operating Room (OR) Nursing Jobs
Also known as operating room nurses, perioperative nurses are registered nurses who work in hospital surgical departments, ambulatory surgery units, clinics, and doctors’ offices. The main roles typically are scrub nurse, circulating nurse or RN first assistant Perioperative registered nurses provide care by assessing, planning, and implementing the nursing care patients receive before, during and after surgery. These duties include assessing patients, creating and maintaining a sterile and safe surgical environment, pre- and post-operative patient education, monitoring the patient’s physical and emotional well-being, and coordinating care for the patient and family.
Some facilities offer periodic surgical nurse education classes, while other hospitals will hire nurses and train on the job. Training programs are often between six months to a year long. Depending on the size of the hospital, nurses may have a chance to specialize in a particular type of surgery. Perioperative nursing also makes requires physical strength and stamina. You may have to position patients and transport equipment needed for surgery, and will probably stand for long periods of time during operations. The ability to communicate information quickly, concisely and accurately is an essential aspect of any perioperative job. Multitasking is also vital as nurses may need to listen to the surgeon, monitor the patient and assist with the procedure simultaneously.
Salaries for operating room nurses can depend on their role. For example, RN first assistants often earn more than circulating nurses. In addition, the years of experience and credentials a nurse has also affects how much they will earn. According to the Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses, the average salary for nurses working in the operating room in 2013 was between $75,000 and $100,000 a year.
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