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Surg Techs ~O.R. Magic? SurgicalTechSuccess
November 18, 2007


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In today's Newsletter:

~O.R. Magic?~

~Give Me A Break~

~Links, Updates, & Reminders~




O.R. Magic...????....

Hmmm, O.R. Magic...????....

I'm sure you are wondering what the heck I mean by this...

Well, let me explain~

Recently I've received a couple of emails expressing views that I've heard a time or two over the years.

The emails go something like this:

"Dear Robert, I recently started a surgical tech program and I'm finding it to be difficult..."

"Dear Robert, I recently graduated from a surgical tech program and I'm only making an entry level salary..."

"Dear Robert, I've been in the field for a few years and can't seem to increase my salary..."

Of course, the emails expressed a bit more emotion but the overall theme is captured above.

The individuals who wrote in were quite disenchanted with the professional field they've chosen.

AND I must say this can be a very common feeling~

You see, there's a certain type of "MAGIC" people tend to believe in and that's the magic of "Quick & Easy".

But once the -REALITY- of that magical belief kicks in, our perception tends to change.

Listen, I say this all the time -- you are in a unique and specialized profession.

If it were easy and no work was required, EVERYBODY would be doing it.

Believe me I know how exciting it is thinking about becoming a Surgical Tech, I've been there and I've seen the excitement in ST students on a regular basis.

I also know how much work it requires to get through Surgical Tech school and to also get the experience you need to put yourself into a position where you can market yourself for the "big money".

AND there is absolutely no magic program or solution.

It's just a matter of doing it!

You see, in todays society we are always looking for the fastest and easiest way to make the most money.

And we are often easily sold on the excitement of something new but rarely actually consider the reality of what that "new thing" will require in order to improve our lives.

However, and this may shock a few of you younger folk, THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS OR MAGIC REMEDIES!

BUT, the beautiful thing about working in surgery are the opportunities and options you have (and/or will have) available to you.

If you are stuck in a phase where the "MAGIC" of this field is wearing off, let me just throw out a couple of things to keep in the back of your mind to think about when you start feeling overwhelmed or need a little boost;

1) You can make "BIG MONEY$" in the world of surgery

2) You can become a First Assistant or Surgical Assistant and really get your hands in on the action

3) You can become an educator and share you knowledge helping others

4) You can make extra $ working a little O.T. or taking call

5) You can look into becoming a private ST and negotiate a higher than average "staff" salary.

6) You can travel and enjoy lots of fre'e bene's~

7) You can pursue a higher educational degree while working in surgery

8) You can get your foot into the door of medical sales

9) You can become a CPR instructor and make extra $'s giving classes at your hospital


It's really that simple.

The "magic" might wear off a little or fade every now and then, but it's still there.

You simply have to realize that the magic of this profession really equates to an education, hard work, some experience, AND A PLAN.

Those are the magical ingredients to launch yourself into parts of the surgical world you might not even see right now.

SO, don't let yourself get discouraged if you are having a hard time memorizing instruments in school, or you're just making enough money to pay the bills, or you seem to be in a "rut" and don't feel like you're moving forward.

Keep your head up and think about the options and opportunities that are out there.

A funny thing to remember too, is that if you are focused on what you don't have or where you're not right now, you'll miss a lot of what you can have and where you may be able to go.

There are other ideas, suggestions, and tips for all levels of surgical techs to utilize for career advancement in the Surgical Tech Success Handbook.

Give yourself a boost right now and get your copy of the Surgical Tech Success Handbook today.

As always, feel free to contact me anytime, I am always here to help you in any way possible~

Until Next Time~

Your friend,

Robert Prince, CST


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A new F'R'E.E' job searching tool here:

AND here

-- look for the following link: "Get a free career assessment and find local jobs. Get recruited by the company of your dreams"

POST your Surgical Tech position today OR if you know of a facility that is looking for Surgical Tech's, visit the following page for FRE'E Surgical Tech Job posting Details.

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