dcsimg

Career Story: Operating Room Nurse On The Night Shift

Operating Room Nurse On The Night Shift

Job Title: Operating Room Nurse

Type of Company: I work in a Boston teaching hospital.

Education: BSN, Fitchburg State College

Previous Experience: I worked for a year on a surgical thoracic floor and got laid off. I was able to apply elsewhere in the hospital and thought I'd try the operating room because I liked surgery.

Job Tasks: I work the night shift, so I'm considered a trauma nurse in the OR. The cases at night aren't scheduled. They are usually emergencies or urgent. We see many different types of surgery at night. Because the cases aren't scheduled, you never know what you will be doing when you come in.

There are two different roles a nurse typically has in the OR. The circulator meets the patient, checks to make sure all of the correct paperwork is present, keeps the patient comfortable, and answers questions the patient and his family may have. The circulator also helps the surgeon, anesthesiologist and the scrub nurse. Lastly, there is a computer record of the surgery that has to be maintained.

The scrub nurse assists the surgeons during the procedure. Different surgeries require different instrumentation and supplies. The scrub nurse and the circulator open all of the supplies sterilely and then the scrub goes to wash up or "scrub". We use special soaps to clean our hands and forearms and then we are ready to gown and glove up! The scrub nurse then sets up the table that holds all of the instruments and supplies so that it is easy to work off of.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to relieve the patient's pain and of course the worst is when you can't.

Job Tips: I found it helpful to work as a nursing assistant during high school and college. I started in a nursing home to see if I liked working with patients. Once I was in college, I worked in a hospital. The hospital that I worked in had a student nurse program. I was able to shadow a nurse for the summer. I did things like blood pressures and got to learn so much from the nurse who was teaching me.

Additional Thoughts: There are so many great things about nursing. I've worked many different schedules to fit in with my families schedule. I've worked weekends only doing two 12 hour shifts, I've done M-F 7-3pm, and I've done nights. I've worked on a surgical thoracic floor, a cardiac access unit (angioplasties, cardiac stents) and now the OR. There are so many options from hours to where you can work. It is also rare to have layoffs in this field.

Popular Schools offering Rn Registered Nursing Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

  • Programs: Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.

  • Programs: Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor
Brightwood College
North Hollywood, Sacramento, San Diego, Vista

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

  • Programs: Nursing , Vocational Nursing
  • Degrees: Associate, Diploma

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.

  • Programs: RN to BS, RN to MS - Nursing Informatics, M.S. with Major in Nursing - Nursing Informatics, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

  • Programs: Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP), Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP), Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP), more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

If you want to make the world a better place, start at the University of San Francisco. Our 21st-century mission to create a more humane and just world comes alive in our diverse learning community and is broadened by our global orientation. You are challenged to reach higher standards and to use your education to promote justice and serve the common good. At the University of San Francisco, youll find the excellence inherent in an institution established over 150 years ago, and inherent in nearly five centuries of Jesuit education.

  • Programs: Online Associate Degree to Master Degree Nursing program, Online Bachelor Degree to Master Degree Nursing program
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Registered Nurses

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Registered Nurses, including:

Back to Top