I’m a new grad nurse who recently started working in the Operating Room. On my first day of scrubbing in, my preceptor wandered away from the OR table/sterile field and was talking to her friend, who was the circulating nurse for the case. The fellow was the one performing the surgery; the attending left the room right after incision time because he didn’t think that the fellow would need any assistance. The only people at the sterile field were myself and the fellow (the case was quite minor).
It was taking me a few seconds longer than it probably should have to pick out the right instruments and load sutures correctly for the fellow. The fellow did not know that this was my first time scrubbing in. However, he must have seen how nervous I was. Without prompting, he took the time and showed me a couple tricks of his that helped him when he was learning everything himself several years ago (the case was not emergent, so he had the time to do this and offered to. I know that this is not always realistic).
I thanked him for his patience because I was overwhelmed by my preceptor not helping me or paying attention to the case. I think that I caught him off guard when I thanked him. He said, “Oh! No problem. Thank you for being so willing to help. I’m not usually by myself either!” We laughed at how we were both “thrown to the wolves.”
You all are under an incredible amount of stress and have a lot on your shoulders. I’m not sure how often you guys get thanked by nursing staff, but I just wanted to say that I have appreciated your kindness and patience during my transition to the operating room and the nursing profession as a whole.
Thank you for all that you do, especially for being patient with me during my first week of orientation when it took me ten years to tie the backs of your surgical gowns.
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