This role is the perfect entry into the amazing world of the operating room and leaves immense opportunity to grow your career. By maintaining proper care of all surgical instruments and equipment, scopes and powered surgical instruments with your attention to detail, you ensure the team has what they need when they need it. Through inspection, evaluation of proper function, cleaning disinfecting and sterilization, you set them up for success, which leads to amazing patient care.
This is the role you’ve trained for. You help prepare for surgery, ensuring a clean, safe and efficient area for optimal patient care. Your attention to detail and flexibility allow you to do what needs to be done, from sending damaged items for repair to assisting with wound closure and maintaining a sterile OR.
You are the right hand of the surgeon. You anticipate their needs and respond to meet them, whether an in-the-moment change in response to the patient or knowing the steps they like to take. You may apply tourniquets, casts or dressings; assist in moving patients to and from the operating table; hold retractors, observe and report possible breaks in aseptic technique; and assisting in maintaining a sterile, dry, unobstructed field.
The pride that comes with being an RN in the operating room cannot be described. You’re an essential piece of the team, one who is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the patient, before during and after the surgery. You communicate with the surgeons, the assistants and the techs, each of you playing your part. And though you may only have a short amount of time with each patient, you serve as their advocate, speaking for them when they cannot.