My name is Marnie and I am nurse in the Operating Room at MetroHealth. I started here about three and half years ago with very little nursing experience and this specialty has helped me grow tremendously. A great deal of our work is built on interdisciplinary collaboration; therefore, you must be very good communicator and a highly effective team player.
In the operating room, you are the patient’s advocate. Your patient cannot speak for him/herself and it is your obligation to keep them safe, keep them comfortable, and do everything you can for them because they do not have a voice while they are under anesthesia. Perioperative nursing is very different than other nursing specialties - you must learn surgical instruments and how to scrub cases, you must document efficiently while circulating, and you must take care of family members while their loved ones are on the table.
You do not have much interaction with your patient and you do not get to see the effects of the surgery or the outcome of the patient afterwards; however, just knowing that they are out there and knowing that I did my part to help that person, that is what makes me feel good at the end of each day.
Marnie Malise, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a Clinical Nurse & Infection Prevention Champion in Main Campus Operating Room at The MetroHealth System.