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Five Tips for Surgical Tech Students

When you’re preparing to embark on a new career, it can be helpful to have tips that are relevant to you and the professional life you have chosen. Whether you are at the beginning of your educational program or preparing to graduate, this information can be helpful to you.

Get Certified

Some states require certification, but many do not. However, certification is a good idea even if it’s not required in your state. Passing the certification exam indicates that you have achieved a certain level of knowledge and expertise in the field. It can give you a great sense of accomplishment to know that you have achieved it, but it can also make your resume move closer to the top of the pile when you’re looking for a job. Continuing education is an important component of certification, so be sure to keep up on the current requirements.

Teamwork Is Key

Some jobs require teamwork on an occasional basis; in other jobs, it’s part of every single day. It falls into the every-single-day category for surgical techs. A surgical tech is a member of the operating room team; although techs might perform certain duties alone during a shift, most work is done with a team. Surgical techs have specific duties before, during, and after surgery, and these duties are done within the context of the team.

Keep Your Options Open

Do you know where you want to live? Do you plan to stay where you are now or move to a different community, or maybe a different part of the country? As a surgical tech, you’ll have options. Most surgical techs work in hospitals, and that means there might be job opportunities in any hospital. You may also find job openings in surgery centers and other medical offices. Whether you want to stay where you are, relocate, or explore the country, you can find surgical tech openings in a wide variety of locales.

Be Prepared for all Aspects of the Role

Your education is the preparation you need for this role, and it gives you an important perspective about what to expect in this position. This isn’t for the faint-hearted; during surgery, you might be required to hold organs in place or operate robotic equipment. Some tasks will be mundane and routine; others will be intense and require a strong stomach.

Every Day Is Different

Mundane or intense. Routine or requiring a strong stomach. Maybe even all in the same day. A situation may go from mundane to intense in a heartbeat; as a result, surgical techs are expected to think and react to situations quickly and effectively. That’s why every day is different, and it’s why you must be prepared for anything that may arise.

We Wish You All the Best!

At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. Good luck in your career; we’re very excited for you at this important time in your life. We’ll be here when you’re ready for your next assignment: call us at 310.436.3650.