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Surgical Techs Rise to TOP - SurgicalTechSuccess
February 15, 2006


In today's Newsletter:

A Surgical Tech Student in Need of your help~

Rising to the TOP of your Surgical Tech Profession~

Help Wanted~


~A Surgical Tech Student in Need of your Help~

Recently I was interviewed by a Surgical Tech Student from Tennessee, as part of a class project for her Surgical Tech School.

Her name is Alisa Storey and she is a mother & grandmother of six grandchildren.

Her motivation and dedication to become a Surgical Tech is quite inspiring.

After we finished the formal part of the interview, we started talking about healthcare and the medical world in general. That's when the subject of her son, Edward, came up.

Edward has Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

I would personnally like to ask you to take a look at the following page and read the story about Edward and his plight for survival.

Please take a look at "Alisa's Page" today. Thank You!


~Rising to the TOP of your Surgical Tech Profession~

Why is it that there are some Surgical Tech's out there who seem to thrive while others just kind of "get by" and constantly moan and complain about being a surgical tech?

Why is it that there are some surgical tech's out there who love working in surgery while others seem to complain and moan about this case or that surgeon or this circulator or that charge nurse...?

Well, I'll tell you why ( at least my personal perception of "why")

But first let me tell you a little secret about myself.

There was a time when I went through a phase where I'd be one of those techs who moaned and groaned and seemed to have issues with surgeons or circulators, or even other surgical techs.

Yeah, during that "moaning phase" I just always seem to find a reason to complain about the case I was on or the surgeon I was working with or the fact that my relief was 3 minutes late...~

So, based on that little "factoid" about myself, I can speak to you about what makes an unhappy surgical tech AND rising to the top, based on my personal experience.

You see, the techs who moan and complain about this and that are usually the one's who haven't really put in the effort to become an expert in their chosen field.

Trust me, when I went through that little phase of being discontent, it's because I was always "stuck" in the rooms and procedures that I really didn't like doing.

It's like I'd get the fem-pop that nobody else wanted to do, or the carotid artery with a heart surgeon who nobody seem to like.

It's the "nobody else wanted to do" and the "nobody seem to like" issue that I was stuck on, UNTIL I finally realized that I needed to start applying myself and really get involved with learning other services and specialties.

When I went through the "complaining phase", it's because I never really took the time to find my "niche" in surgery.

BUT, once I found my niche, which happen to be Ortho & Spines, my entire outlook as a surgical tech turned around.

Think about it, it only makes sense that the surgical techs who are moaning and complaining about being a surgical tech probably don't ever do cases they really like doing.


Because they haven't taken the time to apply themselves and explore the potential of being a surgical tech.

Listen, you've chosen this field for a reason (or you're thinking about this field for a reason).

Most people know they will be able to find employment with an education in surgical technology.

BUT, just finding employment does not always produce a feeling of being happy at work.

If you want to be happy working in surgery and start working your way to the top of the Surgical Tech profession, take the time to explore the different services in the operating room.

Maybe you are like I was, moaning and complaining about those vascular cases "that nobody else..blah blah"...

WELL start getting experience in other services until you find one you really enjoy.

I finally realized that it wasn't the fact that I was a surgical tech that was making me unhappy.

NOPE, it was the fact that I didn't like the general vascular cases at that time in my career.

Once I broadened my surgical knowledge, my confidence started to increase, and the cases I didn't like doing in the past started to seem like no big deal.

My career as a surgical tech got to a point where surgeons would actually request that I scrub their case's.

Without even knowing it, I was slowly rising to the top of the Surgical Technology world by simply applying myself and learning more about other services.

You can do the same thing!

If you find yourself constantly complaining or getting into "issues" with co-workers, take a look at your skill level and see what you can do to change or improve it.

The bottom line is this: If you want rise to the top of the Surgical Tech Profession, you have got to continue learning and challenging yourself.

Believe me, there are plenty of surgical techs out there who show up for work at 0700 and watch the clock until 3pm, and then start looking for their relief.

The surgical techs out there who have risen to the top show up for work to learn something new that day or work on gettng more involved during a procedure. They are not always watching the clock or complaining about doing a case nobody else wants to do.

Anybody in ANY career field out there who makes it to the top does so by doing more than "just enough". They don't just put in their 8 hours and call it a day.

Challenge yourself to do "more than". The opportunities for a surgical tech who is in the top of their field are out there.

Just keep getting better and working at your chosen career and doors of opportunity will start to present themselves to you. (BTW -there are jobs posted in the Help Wanted section below)

AND of course, one of the best ways to give your Surgical Tech Career a boost and start moving forward is to take a look at the Surgical Tech Success Handbook Package:

Thank you for your continued support!

Until Next Time,

Your Friend,



Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas A. Edison



Women & Children's Hospital

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Immediate opening for two (2) full-time certified scrub techs.

We offer competitive salaries based upon experience and sign on bonus.

A $15.2M construction project will begin within the next week that will expand the Surgery and Day Surgery departments.


Bill Willis -


Surgical Technology Instructors

Location: Eagan, MN



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