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What are the different roles an OR nurse has?

June 16th, 2022

Circulating and scrubbing . If you circulate you need to be able to prioritize and multitask abs be a very good communicator to anesthesia , perhaps blood bank , laboratory, pathology, radiology and surgical team. You need to listen carefully to the surgical team and stay one step ahead of them to anticipate their needs and secure a good patient outcome m.

November 10th, 2021

Patient advocate
First assistant to anesthesiologist
Audio-visual expert
Satellite public relations lead
Safety monitor
Medical-legal documentation expert
Charge nurse
Policy writer

Role model

June 16th, 2022

You are the last defense for the patient and make sure everything is correct. Your roles are different being in a hospital, or with a union or ambulatory.
Slower pace versus fast pace, just nursing versus everything ! It’s EVS, nursing, materials, just the whole 9 yard. Learning OR is easier in the hospital, just focusing on one thing.

October 15th, 2021

An OR nurse can be the scrub nurse who hands instruments, circulates around the room and gets them things they need during the surgery and does the counts of sponges and instruments with the scrub nurse. Some OR nurses are even trained to assist the Dr. with the surgery.

October 14th, 2021

Patient Advocate
Strict Organizer/Planner
Team member
Sterility champion
Equipment Manager
Technical Advisor

May 31st, 2022

Circulating and scrubbing cases supervising other employees,QI,know the standards… documentation, preop. Communicating with all disciplines.

May 6th, 2022

You can also be a first assist

May 4th, 2022

OR nurses work as circulators in the OR where the facility has surgical techs but can combine the work if no surgical techs is available.some are made to head CSSD , some head PACU and pre-op areas.

September 4th, 2022

The answers here are excellent, and I agree with them. I also want to point out that we are first and foremost the patient’s advocate. We speak up on the pts behalf if something isn’t right. As RN’s we are their last line of defense prior to the procedure. Don’t be afraid to question things or speak up for your pt!

September 4th, 2022


July 30th, 2022

Scrub nurse
Patient’s advocate
Charge nurse
Pre and postop nurse in a surgical center

May 6th, 2022

You can also be a crna

May 6th, 2022

You can also be a supervisor

May 6th, 2022

You can either scrub or circulate