Army

68D:OPERATING ROOM SPECIALIST

In the Army, an operating room specialist helps nursing staff prepare patients and the operating room for surgery. They also assist medical staff during surgical procedures. These soldiers aren't required to have medical school or nursing school training before applying to this job, but should be able to handle all aspects of working in a surgical environment. It's not for the faint of heart, but can be a rewarding job, where you're involved in life-and-death situations.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

These soldiers are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for Army medical treatment facilities. In addition to prepping patients and operating rooms, which includes keeping equipment sterile and storing medical supplies, operating room specialists perform operating room scrubs, position specialized equipment and supervise subordinate personnel.

Military Duties Translated:

Provide first-aid treatment, such as bandaging wounds Provide life support care, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), when needed Assess a patient's conditions and provide initial treatment Determine whether a patient needs to go to an ER or a trauma center Work 12-hour shifts, sometimes staying on call for 24 hours Communicate with other emergency services, such as firefighters and police officers, to respond to calls for help

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

EMT