Faq's About Working in The OR

Feeling overwhelmed? Check out the helpful info below.

Hospital surgery center OR

Surgeon, Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP), Anesthesologist, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Circulating Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) or Certified First Assist (CFA), Vendors/Specific Equipment Operator/X-ray Technition/Residents/Students

Who Are The OR Team Members And What Are All Those Abbreviations?

perioperative nursing

Rely on the preference card, talk with your surgical tech, reach out to co-workers who have knowledge of the case, utilize your manager, talk with any reps or vendors, go over the plan with the surgeon, don't be afraid to ask questions. If you still feel uncomfortable, get help and talk with your manager.

What If I've Never Done This Case?

Surgery OR nurse

Find out what the issue is, try to resolve it in the room, seek outside help if need be, utilize your manager. Don't make promises you can't keep or make statements that you aren't sure of, but keep the surgeon in the know and just be honest. If you still feel uncomfortable, get your manager involved or go to HR. We can tolerate stressful situations but should never tolerate violence or being berated.

What If The Surgeon Gets Angry?