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Surg Tech Success Newsletter -Surgical Manners
September 14, 2005
Working in the operating room definitely takes a certain set of personality traits.
Being a team player, the ability to handle stressful situations, being organized and detail oriented are just a few of the personality traits or characteristics you'll need to have in order to work in surgery.
The good news is that if you don't currently possess these characteristics, you'll learn how to develop them once you start working in surgery.
As a very young surgical tech, I was extremely sensitive and very timid in the operating room.
After about 6 months working in surgery, I started to notice a difference in the way I felt about my new surgical career and myself.
I realized that my confidence level started to grow and I felt a certain level of calmness in my life that I hadn't quite experienced before.
It didn't take me long to realize my new self confidence was due to getting the experience I was receiving working as a surgical tech.
Working in surgery can be stressful, but you learn how to deal with this stress in time.
Working in surgery will test your ability to be a tem player, but you can develop this characteristic after a short time in the O.R.
What other job or career can you think of produces or enhances your own self confidence..??..
Working as a surgical tech will make you a stronger person inside and outside of the operating room.
BUT, one thing I'd really like to point out that usually isn't learned on the job is something I refer to as "surgical manners".
Surgical manners are something that you must be aware of on a personal level.
Working in surgery can develop many great qualities in yourself as a person, but one thing that you must "bring to the table" is a set of professional surgical manners.
I know, I know, what are surgical manners..??..
Well, the ability to say Thank You and Please and You're Welcome.
Hey, maybe this sounds a little crazy or off the wall, but trust me, one thing that is not normally picked up with experience is a good set of Surgical Manners.
Surgical Manners should tie in with your own set of personal manners.
It use to amaze me how often a surgeon would come in for a case, operate for a couple of hours, close and leave the room without even saying thank you.
You'd be surprised how a simple thank you can really change the way your team relates to you at work.
There was even a time when I was on assignment as a traveler and I worked with the same neuro surgeon on a regular basis. We use to really work very hard getting his cases prepared and making sure everything went well during the procedure.
And at the end of every case, he would just leave without acknowledging the hard work his team put into his case.
Well, one day, I was having a very friendly conversation with this surgeon and brought up the fact that he never said thank you. There were even a lot of people who didn't want to work with him because they thought he was just plain rude.
He took our conversation to heart and from that day forward, he made it a point to say thank you. This in turn made it a lot nicer to work with him.
Now, I'm not saying that you should go around telling surgeons to say thank you or please.
BUT YOU SHOULD SET THE EXAMPLE.
Recently, I offered a free copy of the Surgical Tech Success Handbook to a select group of professionals.
I must have given away nearly 100 Surgical Tech Success Handbooks.
And out of the 100 or so I gave away, I received ONE thank you.
Now, I didn't send them a free copy just to be thanked, but it would seem that the professional courteous response would be to simply say thank you.
It amazed me because many individuals who purchased a copy sent me a thank you for all of the great information in the handbook. Even the potential students who knew nothing about becoming a surgical tech sent me a thank you.
But for some reason, most of the individuals who received a free copy didnít seem to think it was necessary to simply say thank you.
My point is, people do realize when you are courteous and have a certain set of professional manners, especially working in a surgical environment.
As a surgical professional, you will encounter the rude people, the unfriendly people, and people who just don't have any surgical manners.
My advice to you: Don't Become One of THEM!
Always remember to be courteous in the operating room.
Surgery is a great place to work, learn, develop, and where you can actually have a good time on the job.
Don't let the feeling of stress or lack of confidence keep you from moving your career forward.
You will see in time that your personality and characteristics will become stronger after just a few short months as a surgical tech.
And always keep in mind that a good set of surgical manners will be noticed.
If you want a more detailed look into Surgical Attitudes, purchase your copy of the Surgical Tech Success Handbook today and jumpstart your Surgical Tech Career.
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Stay positive, ask questions, study hard, and keep learning. That's the solid foundation to build from and work your way into becoming an expert in surgery. Thank You! :)
Until next time~
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