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I would like to get into another specialty (surgery/OR & GIab ). Do these specialties do on the job training for per diem?

April 3rd, 2022

No, if you want the training, you must be prepared to do it full time.

May 6th, 2022

They had a program at the hospital that I worked for for OR nurse training. You had to sign a contract and commit to a certain period of time to train and to work after. Training was Monday thru Friday 7 am to 3:30 pm for the time period specified( don't know if it was 6 months or longer)
And then you were hired on as staff for your contracted one year or longer.
I learned on the job at a teaching hospital 50 years ago, but that doesn't happen anymore.
Per diem training won't work. You need consistency to learn O R nursing.
G.I. lab maybe, I learned that in the OR way back then. They didn't have a lab for it then.
Good luck.

February 10th, 2023

Per diem work reqs aren’t conducive to becoming a specialist in a new field of practice. New specialty= full time training and full time work requirements. And I’d say after 2 years working in a critical care specialty a nurse will probably have earned their title as a specialist. For procedural specialties it may be more/less depending on how invasive the procedure is.

April 12th, 2022

A lot of hospitals have intern programs which help you learn the responsibilities of O.R nursing

April 3rd, 2023

Nurses with less than 5 yrs experience, should not travel since real experience is needed to avoid pitfalls.

November 29th, 2023

Ok. There is no way ANYONE is going to put you in the OR..a main OR without extensive training. Those nurses are a whole different breed. A good one is really good.

Some of the labs may be more willing to train on the job---but my bad...NO WAY IN THE OR.

November 29th, 2023

On the job training is completely at the discretion of the per diem pool. Since your question wasn't specific about what kind of per diem you are doing (i.e Agency, unit specific, hospital based)? I was kinda of lucky, BUT not really. Ok that sounds confusing. Let me explain. I was offered a short term assignment at a very very large and nationally well known hospital. On this assignment I worked as hard and as smart as possible. This then led to more and more work around the hospital. I rotated more than the residents. What I found with this kind of work, is you have to do your homework. It is also where my knowledge and skills, skyrocketed exponentially. What do I mean....when I worked on the Heme Onc floor, working with that population...I learned more about blood products, and how to run literally on some pts up to 13 lines. Time managment? HUH? Anyway this knowledge helped on the BMT floor. That led to Rad Onc and pts who needed TBI (total body irradiation) we were basically killing most of their bone marrow. There I really learned about infection control. I hope you get the picture. I would contact the person in charge of the unit you are most interested in and straight up offer up your motivation to learn, willingness to be flexible....and well jump! I never regretted a moment of it all. You can do it. Its hard..but you can do it. Good Luck

August 12th, 2022

Typically no. If an organization is going to invest in you (costly training), they want someone committed (return on investment) and in a full-time or part-time role.
Dr. Leary

May 19th, 2022

Yes, many Operating Rooms do on the job training, especially smaller communities.

August 22nd, 2022

would like to be trained in these area