Surgical Technologist Career Pathway

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Duties of a Surgical Technologists

The surgical Technologist’s role within the hospital operating room (OR) or same-day surgery suite is to provide support to surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and other surgical staff. The Surgical Technologist will provide a variety of services in the OR setting. They may scrub in along with the surgeon and nurse to help with the surgical procedure.

 

When they are assisting they are under the direct supervision that the physician will set up the surgical interments and he/she will pass, arrange, handle as well as count sponges, needles, and other instruments to ensure all are present at the completion of the surgery. Outside of OR he/she may set up trays or case carts for surgical procedures and may be assigned to help with post-operative cleanup.

Qualities Required

The Surgical Technologist must be able to maintain composure, remain calm and function as a team player while performing their assigned duties independently. 

One must possess the abilities to have

Great Dexterity (able to complete small tasks with your fingers) during the procedure one must maintain self-control and balance; so that the hands remain to shake free. 

Great Communication Skills are required.

 

In the operating room, one misunderstanding or inappropriate reaction may cause a crisis-life threatening. All individuals must able to recognize and comprehend the situation. Then clearly express outcomes or instructions. They must be able to put their knowledge to the test and comprehend what are the next actions or follow specific instructions.  No room for an easily excitable, squeamish, or fainting individual: The sights and smells in the operating room are extreme. The operating is a controlled sterile (free from micro-organism) environment the Technologist assisting the surgeon which requires touching, seeing, and smelling a different kind of substance or body areas. So, if you cannot handle blood or graphic procedures this is not for you.

 

Dedicated, Reliable and Desire to Learn:  Everyone working in surgery has a specific function and the team depends on each to show up, be positive, courteous to co-workers and patients.  One must possess an open mind and wiliness to learn and grow.  Everyone must be present, calm, knowledgeable, and competent for the surgery to be a success. This career is stressful and physically demanding.  Requires long hours, on-call rotations, and the understanding that works hours will be days, nights, holidays, and weekends.

Programs available in the state

To be qualified and hired in this area; one must have completed a training program that leads to certification or 2-year degree as a Surgical Technologist. A certification test is required to be certified or licensed through the National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assisting.

Obtaining your certification or 2-year degree. What does your future look like?

The Academy Internship Program will assist you with finding available job opportunities working while going to school here at the Hospital. Tuition reimbursement with C or better.  After you obtain your goal then placement at DMC is available all you need to do is follow the job transfer policy and interview.

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