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Surgical Techs Education - SurgicalTechSuccess
March 31, 2006
Hi,

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In today's Newsletter:

~Web Site Updates~

~Surgical Tech's Education~

~Educational Links~

~Quick Reminders~

~Help Wanted~

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~Web Site Updates~

The -SURGERY NEWS- page is taking off!

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/surgerynews.html

If you haven't taken a look recently, the number of surgically related news articles & resources is growing.

Some of the recently added Surgery News:

-*The Panta Arthrodesis Nail*- -*Questions to Ask Before Having Breast Surgery*- -*Relics Tell Dirty Tale of Doctors in Battle*- -*Cheaper and Simpler Keyhole (Endoscopic) Surgery*- -*Advances in Shoulder Surgery*-

Take a look at our Surgery News page and let me know what you think...

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/surgerynews.html

A Press Release link has been added to keep you up to date of my future schedule & plans.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/pressrelease.html

There is a new "Surgical Tech Success Handbook Products" page where you can now see each of the SurgicalTechSuccess.com books offered individually or as a "package order".

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/stshorder.html

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Finally, if you start to notice those three BIG initials after my name -CST- it's because I recently passed the CST exam again. Yes, I didn't keep up with my CEU's and I had to re-test.

Initially I became a CST back in the 1980's and the test definitely hasn't gotten any easier... I'm sure all of the CST's out there can relate ~

I'd advise all Certified Tech's to start tracking your continuing education credits/units in order to avoid re-testing.

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Before I get into today's topic, I'd just like to welcome the students and educators back from Spring Break.

I hope you all had a chance to rest & recuperate! :)

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~Surgical Tech's Education~

I'm sure at one point in your life somebody has told you "How important an Education is"...

Have you ever really taken a moment to think about what that really means?

Having an education is not all about "getting smarter", rather "getting smarter" is one of the great side effects of an education.

The education a Surgical Tech receives in school is very intense and specialized.

Surgical Tech School is probably one of the most challenging programs an individual can go through.

But, just because you've made it through Surgical Tech School doesn't mean you should stop your education simply because you've graduated and accomplished a major educational goal.

I mean, after Surgical Tech School graduation, you do need to take some time and get the experience it takes to start becoming proficient in surgery.

And, I'm sure most of the new grads out there are not thinking about the next college program or course right after graduating from Surgical Tech School.

That's all fine and O.K.!

BUT, you should always be thinking about your career goal and the plan you've created to attain that goal.

You see, when you are working in a profession such as ours, education is an important factor to moving your career forward.

Think about it, the "Top Earners" in the operating room are usually the professionals with the most education.

**The Surgeon, 8-12 years of education. Salary range is commonly above $100k plus per year.

**The CRNA - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesist, 4-8 years of education. Salary range is known to be $75k and up per year.

**The PA -Physician Assistant-, 3-6 years of education. Salary range is known to be above $100k per year.

**The RN - Registered Nurse-, 2-4 years of education. Salary range varies but is known to be above $50k per year.

**The First Assistant, 2-4 years of education. Salary range varies but is known to be well above $50k per year.

Now, these are just some of the "higher educated" professions in the operating room, and I must say that the salary ranges I've quoted above are based on the individuals I know or have worked with all around the country.

Many of these positions required experience in their chosen field in addition to a formal education. So the experience you are currently (or will soon be..) getting in the operating room combined with continuing your education is one of the best ways to advance your career and move up the salary chain.

If you're currently working in the O.R. and need to move forward, take a look at the local college courses and programs to see what you can do to advance your current position.

If you're a current surgical tech student, take your studies very seriously as they will be the foundation of your surgical career no matter which particular surgical profession you decide to pursue.

The Surgical Tech Success Handbook has a couple of different sections that go into more detail of positions and career opportunities in surgery. If you haven't taken a look at it yet, now is the time to start moving forward.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/surgicaltechhandbook.html

And don't forget, you can order any of our books as individual items here: http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/stshorder.html

Thank you once again for your time and your continued support!

Until Next Time~

Your friend,

Robert Prince, CST

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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~Educational Links~

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Here are a couple of "Educational Links" you may want to take a look at when you have some free time:

Laparoscopy.com - provides information about laparoscopic surgery & other minimally invasive techniques.

http://www.laparoscopy.com/index.php

Medical Encyclopedia - Surgery and Rehabilitation Topics

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/surgeryandrehabilitation.html

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~HELP WANTED~

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Our Help Wanted page is up but has not been fully launched.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/surgicaltechjobs.html

If you have a Surgical Tech position available or know of a facility that is looking for Surgical Tech's, visit the following page for a FRE'E Surgical Tech Job posting.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/postsurgicaltechjob.html

Currently, there is absolutley no cost to place a Surgical Tech Job - Help Wanted listing on our site.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/postsurgicaltechjob.html

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~Quick Reminders~

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The fre'e Questions, Answers, Tips, & Resources ebook is still available for newsletter subscribers here:

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/surgicaltechinformation.html

If you would like to order the printed hardcopy edition of the Surgical Tech Success Handbook, the bonus digital download material IS included as digital downloads.

http://www.surgicaltechsuccess.com/stshorder.html

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