The needs of wounded soldiers can’t wait, and when soldiers are injured the person that often sees the patient long before the doctor is the Navy Enlisted Operating Room specialist. The Operating room specialist is a key player on the hospital and emergency services healthcare team. They function as the doctor’s eyes and ears, and provide services in basic emergency care and medical support. When a soldier first arrives for medical treatment or surgery the Operating Room specialist is the person who prepares the patient for surgery, and helps out in all the many details that are required. The Operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in making the room ready for surgery, and in helping to prepare the patients for surgery.
If you work as a Navy Operating room specialist, some of your duties may include:
-Providing assistance to medical nurses and doctors during surgery.
-Setting up sterile fields for procedures and surgical procedures.
-Taking blood pressure pulse and vital signs of patience upon direction.
-Keeping the operating area clean.
-Examining battlefield and emergency trauma patients and providing basic support medical care.
-Interviewing patients for medical histories.
-Helping out in per operative and postoperative procedures.
If you have an ability to help and care for other people, and are an effective communicator, if you can work under pressure and remain calm, and you have training or an interest in biology, psychology, Math, chemistry, general science and personal medical care, then this may be the specialty for you.
Serving as a Navy Operating room specialist involves a lot of dedication and training. After boot camp you will spend about 19 weeks learning how to be an Operating rooms specialist. Part of the time you will be learning things in: Basic nursing care, emergency treatment procedures, study of the human anatomy, minor surgical procedures, methods of evaluating and diagnosing diseases. After completion of your advanced school and training you will be able to work as an Operating room specialist, and you will be able to become certified as a Surgical Technologist.
After you gain experience you can work toward a career as a medical assistant, a physicians assistant, or a medication aide. There are a lot of different jobs available in the civilian world that your Navy training will stand you in good stead for.