The Holidays are quickly approaching which means it is busy season for most Surgical Technologists. The long hours at an under-staffed facility can lead to many complaints from every OR team member including the Surgical Tech. I cannot lie, I have been known to complain a bit especially this time of year. I get “hangry” when I don’t get a lunch break, or even a 15 minute break, especially when I’m running double time to scrub 2 ORs for my doc who likes to flip rooms. I try to make the best of it and keep a smile on my face but from time to time a few choice words may slip from my parched lips (If you know me personally, you are probably laughing now because it is always more than a few choice words). In attempt to find the holiday spirit, I have decided to express all the things I am thankful for as a Surgical Tech. My own personal list was slightly lacking so I asked some of my peers about what they are thankful for while working in the OR:
This year I am thankful for:
- Anesthesia, who always takes the blame.
- Cloth scrub caps to contain my #messyhairdontcare look.
- The ability to wear “pajamas” to work.
- Make-up not needed to cover a zit because the mask does just fine.
- A hard head which gives me the ability to bang said head into the OR lights without becoming unconscious.
- The ability to “Matrix” while maintaining sterility to avoid flying elbows thrown by my surgeon and/or assistant.
- When the last case cancels so we get to go to happy hour.
- The reps that fulfill my eye-candy need and, oh yeah, they help me too.
- PEANUT BUTTER.
- The CANDY drawer.
- A LUNCH BREAK.
- The windows in my OR that let me see what a beautiful day I am missing while I’m at work.
- The scrubs provided by the facility, even if I can never find any in my size.
- The quarterly “bonus”. Anything is better than nothing right?
- Being able to call the OR team my family both figuratively and literally. (I love working with you, Sis!)
- Amazing surgeons that respect techs.
- The best circulators that work hard to take care of what needs to be done for the case.
- Gown tags for writing sterile notes i.e., “Save Me!” Or “Help Me! I’m in Hell!” (Which I hold up and show whoever is in the hallway passing by…)
- Biogel Gloves!
- A caring and understanding boss.
- A hard working sterile processing team who hand-delivers instruments.
- Not having to ask for the sterile fluid or meds needed for the case because the nurse is on top of it.
- Not having to ask for a kick-bucket either.
- The float or the evening shift person that puts away my extras or returns just because.
- Reps who know their stuff, and keep me on track.
- FREE FOOD, I love in-services!
- The badass preceptors that helped me get where I am now.
- The docs that make me laugh so much, my face hurts at the end of the day.
- The PAs that make my life easier and keep me smiling all day.
I could easily add so much more to this list but right now I am mostly thankful for sleep which is much needed! It is my bed time so I will leave you with this: Enjoy the Holidays with your family and coworkers. Try not to lose sight of what is important. Thank your entire team, show appreciation for your co-workers, and spread some Holiday cheer however you see fit.
How thankful are you at your place of employment as a Surgical Tech? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and be sure to subscribe to this blog.
Also, on a side note: I am thankful that I have an amazing editor who always agrees to edit on the fly. Thank you so much Rica. I couldn’t do this without you!