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I am a new grad rn. I want to be an OR nurse. Since it is hard to get into, what unit should I start on first to make my way to the OR? Med surg, ICU, labor and delivery, outpatient, etc…


August 18th, 2022

Med Surg is a great baseline of experience for any job and ICU would give you amazing experience.

August 18th, 2022

It depends on the hospital, I recommend a teaching hospital and apply for the specialty you really want! At the end of the day where ever you end up you’ll be on orientation for a few months learning everything so go for what you are most interested in.

January 24th, 2023

I was also a new grad, and was hired to start in a peri-op program (HCA StaRN). It was fantastic! I've been in the OR now for 3 1/2 yrs and absolutely love it. You don't have to have any experience in any other area of nursing before starting in the OR. It would help, of course, but there's no reason not to go straight into the OR, since you'll be trained in everything you need to know. I also continue to learn every day, do research on the various procedures, causes, meds, and nursing practices. The OR is a treasure-trove of learning, and it's up to you how much knowledge you can gather.

August 19th, 2022

PACU would be great or ambulatory surgery to start working with some of the OR staff. Having worked in OR, you will need to be able to scrub in. Learning the instruments ahead of time is really helpful. Anesthesia takes care of the monitoring, half the time I was a grunt fetching supplies. My OR consortium sucked. Wish I took a scrub tech class in retrospect.

December 29th, 2022

1-2 years of Med-Surg usually requires but NYU Langone Hosp in NY hired me with only Nursing Home experience.

November 30th, 2022

Look into surgery centers! Many of them will have you go through periop 101 online with a preceptor as you train on the job. Surgery centers generally don't pay as much, but you can get your foot in the door and may even be able to cross train in pre-op/pacu and make yourself more marketable.

November 30th, 2022

I would not restrict yourself right out of nursing school into specialty. I would gain knowledge as a Med-Surg nurse first. You could go anywhere from there due to the wide array of patients you would be taking care of.

November 30th, 2022

I would see if any hospitals or nursing schools in your area offer residency programs for OR nursing. Seems to be a trend I'm hearing about. I also would suggest a PACU position as you are physically closer to surgery and staff and managers will become familiar with your face!

November 30th, 2022

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