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Surg Tech's -RESPECT update- SurgicalTechSuccess
April 23, 2007


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~FEEDBACK FROM THE FIELD - Surgical Tech's Respect???~


Well, the results from the Surgical Tech Respect questionnaire have literally been pouring in.

It seems that SURGICAL TECH RESPECT is a topic of great interest in the surgical tech world.

I'm going to post the results/feedback regarding respect soon.

I think you'll agree with some of the responses, disagree with others, and just think about many of the comments that people made regarding the respect surgical techs receive.

Listen, here's the bottom line in a "nutshell", respect is something you MUST have for yourself before you will see it from others.

If you don't view yourself as a professional, nobody else will either.

If you don't respect what you do, nobody else will either.

You might be thinking; how do you learn to respect what you do and view yourself as a medical professional when you get mixed feedback (or a lack of respect) from other medical professionals in or around the Operating Room???

Simple, educate yourself on what it is you do and BE THE BEST in your field.

If your a student, study-study-study, show up for class prepared, keep a positive attitude, ask questions daily,and utilize the resources you are paying for.

If you're working in the field at any level, show up early, review and work on any weak areas you may have, and keep a positive attitude.

There is ALWAYS something a surgical tech can learn whether you're a student, working scrub, instructor, board member of an organization, director of education, etc.

Even after I had many MANY years of experience, I still found myself referring to my Surgical Procedures textbook as well as medical journals for info on my areas of specialty and interest.

Back in my day, we didn't have access to the internet like we do today, so I had to crack open the books and ask a lot of questions.

I wanted to put myself on the level where I could "talk the talk" in surgery while I was walking the walk.

And in order to do so, I studied, learned, and worked very hard to be the best I could be.

I wasn't trying to be better than anybody, I simply wanted to be the best that I could be, (yes, ME - ROBERT PRINCE -) and in turn, my surgical peers recognized me as an experienced AND knowledgeable scrub tech.

Experience is the easy thing to get, knowledge from texts and other curricular tools requires a bit more self-motivation.

Trust me, I paid my dues, took a good verbal lashing every now and then, and put in the long hours I needed in order to get me to where I wanted to be.

Even if you don't feel respected or there is a lack of respect where you are, having the experience and the knowledge of being the best you can be will give you the strength to ward off those who might not respect your position.

I never felt like I was better than anybody because I respected my peers and found that I could learn something from surgical pro's on all levels.

Take a look around you and see if you can find the surgical professionals who respect themselves.

You might find that they are hard working, knowledgeable, happy with what they are doing, and willing to keep learning.

AND, I'll tell you this, the more you know and the more experience you get, the more you'll start to have a different view of respect.

The way I see it, the surgical tech is like the gladiator in the O.R.

The surgical tech is the warrior of surgery, the heart of every procedure.

Yes, the position of the surgical tech might not be the highest paid or the most respected (at times) but it is a necessity.

Do you want to be respected in surgery?

Then respect your position and put your heart and soul into being the best you can be at what you are doing.

Don't let anybody ever make you feel less than!

If you don't feel respected no matter what you do or how hard you try to be the best you can be, maybe it's time to move up the ladder a notch.

Try moving up the career ladder to becoming a First Assistant, RN, PA, etc...

Whatever your position or view is on respect, there are always ways to move forward.

Move your surgical tech career to the level you desire with the help of the Surgical Tech Success Handbook.

The Surgical Tech Success Handbook is loaded with information, tools, and resources to get you moving!

Until Next Time~

Your friend,

Robert Prince, CST

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