The Surgical Technologist
What is a Surgical Technologist? I’m sure everyone has seen at least one medical movie or TV show where surgery is performed. The scene when the Surgeon turns and says, “scalpel”, and the person standing next to him passes the blade, that’s me. I do a whole lot more than just pass surgical instruments but for now you have an idea of what my role is.
Why I Do It
Grey’s Anatomy was always my favorite show. It made surgery look bad ass, exciting and dramatic. Once I became a Surgical Tech, I found that the real life operating room is nothing like you see on TV, it’s better! The OR is bad ass, exciting, and so much fun. I found my calling … my passion. It’s said that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life and I have to say that is true for me. Now, I still have stressful days, even bad days at times but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I LOVE what I do.
What I Do
My job as a Certified Surgical Technologist, AKA scrub tech, is essentially to assist the Surgeon during operations. But I also have to set up and maintain a sterile field, know hundreds of surgical instruments and how to use them. I need to know the procedure that’s being done and the steps required to do it, and understand how and when to use any implant that is required. Basically I need to know what the Surgeon wants before he knows he wants it. And these are just a few of my responsibilities as a Surgical Tech.
The Surgical Tech is a vital role of the surgical team, just as the Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, PAs, Nurses and Reps are. None of us could do our job with out the other. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented and wonderful group of people. These people are my second family. We are able to give the best care to our patients because we work together like a well-oiled machine.
The Surgical Ninja
If you have ever had surgery you probably remember your Nurses, Surgeon, and Anesthesiologist but you probably don’t remember your Scrub Tech. This is partly due to the awesome drugs you are given prior to entering the OR and because the Scrub Tech doesn’t see you before or after your time in the operating room. We are surgical ninjas, always there but never seen.
As a full-time Scrub Tech and full-time mommy, life can get kinda crazy. Yes it’s hard leaving my daughter at daycare all day every day, but I have found a balance between work and home life. I get to be a mommy and, at the same time, do what I am passionate about.
If you are interested in becoming a Surgical Technologist, or have inquires, please comment below. I would love to share more of what I do, and can maybe direct you to a program in your area.
*** Disclaimer: I do NOT give medical advice