OR Nurse

Care for patients who are receiving cancer treatments.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do OR Nurses do?

The operating room is an intense place. Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Technologists, and other medical staff cram into the room to perform a single surgery. With so many strange people hovering, it’s no wonder the patient is nervous.

Fortunately for the patient, you—an OR Nurse—are there to attend to their needs. You’re around to answer questions, hold their hand, and offer calming reassurance.

Being an OR Nurse is so much more than just hand-holding though. Before the patient even arrives, you clean and prep any tools, supplies, or equipment that might be needed during the procedure. You have to remain in the room at all times, so you complete all the required supplies before the surgery starts. You prepare gloves and masks, and lay the tools out in an orderly manner.

You are often the first point of contact for the patient, and the last one they see before leaving, so it’s important that they become comfortable with you. To establish a relationship, you start a conversation and explain what to expect during the surgery. You also find out their birthdate, medicine allergies, pain tolerance, and any current treatments they’re undergoing.

You are answerable to your team of medical professionals, so you’re careful to record every bit of information that you gather as an OR Nurse. Because you spend the most time with the patient, you relay pertinent information to the surgical team. This helps reduce accidents and mistakes ( medicine allergy, for example) and leads to a better quality of care, which after all, is your primary concern.

Should I be an OR Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Certified Nurse Operating Room, CNOR, Delivery Room Supervisor, Operating Room Aide, Operating Room Nurse See More

    How to become an OR Nurse

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