A Surgical Technologist has a vital role in the medical setting. In general, it is important to note that the successful Surgical Technologist will be able to not only meet and anticipate the needs of the people that we are assisting. However, there are ten facts about this field that anyone considering the possibility of future employment should keep in mind before making their educational
1) We need to not only be able to get a room ready for the patient that will be operated on next, but be able to efficiently clean, stock, and disinfect the room immediately after for the next patient. That means that we have to be able to quickly work on a deadline.
2) Although we have a lot of patient contact, much of that time, the patient is asleep. In some facilities, we are responsible for getting the patient ready for surgery, in some facilities CNA’s will do patient prep. I strongly recommend that if you are squeamish or nervous around strangers in various stages of undress, you might want to consider all of your choices.
3) In the operating room, we might be expected to apply bandages to the patient when the procedures are done, as well as set up whatever monitors or sterile field may be required.
4) After discussing the way that the medical field has evolved over the years with people who have been in the industry for a long time, it’s obvious that even a few years ago, there were Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses who did many of the same tasks that we do now.
5) Because of the way that medicine has changed, in addition to the electronics that are associated with effective patient monitoring, our jobs will continue to evolve in the future. The successful Surgical Technologist will be able to evolve with the needs and expectations of the patients she serves.
6) The Bureau For Labor Statistics reports that the top earners in this field claim incomes of at least $51,140 in 2006. That’s a pretty good income for a relatively small amount of education!
7) The same source has said that in the same year, the people with the smallest income earned less than $24,490. Those people were probably working only part-time, new to the field, or both.
8) This is a job in the medical field and therefore you are likely to have access to acceptable and adequate insurance programs. Nearly as important as the terms of our financial arrangements for working, it’s nice to know that as we age, we’ll be able to take care of our own health.
9) If, after working and honing your skills, you may be eligible to share your skills with future technicians. The medical field is one of the only ones that allows experienced workers to educate without a teaching degree.
10) We are not limited to hospitals. We are needed in a variety of medical facilities, including veterinary and organ donation centers.