I began my career as a hospital secretary but I knew I needed a bigger challenge while still wanting to help people. I moved into a position as a nursing assistant and then an orderly. At the urging of my peers I began to explore my options as a surgical technologist. After completing a training program at the local community college and attaining my certification, I finally found my life’s goal.
If it’s broke, we can fix it
I have always found the human body fascinating. I love the idea that when something is wrong with a patient’s body we can go inside and make it better. Surgical technologists get to work in almost every area of the body. Some of the most common surgeries include joint replacements, ear, nose, and throat procedures and “simple fix” operations like removing a patient’s gall bladder.
Surgical Technologists work best as a team
I work at one of Cleveland Clinic’s regional hospitals. I am able to assist with a variety of surgical procedures on a daily basis. Working in a regional hospital allows for a stronger camaraderie among the other surgical technologists, doctors, and the rest of the surgical team members due to the closeness of our daily interaction. Teamwork is an essential element of my job.
A surgical technologist’s typical shift begins at 7 a.m. and may or may not end at 3:30 p.m. If one is required to be “on call” that day or maybe pick up extra time for a colleague your day can last for several extra hours beyond that of your normal routine. Ambulatory surgery center surgical technologists work a set schedule of Monday through Friday with no call time.
Stitching it together
Communication and a willingness to work with many personality types is a must in order to be a surgical technologist. Knowledge of the many tools and procedures, working in a demanding field, and responsibility for maintaining a sterile environment is vital to success for the surgical technologist.
- Visit the Surgical Technology profile for more on this career path.
- Explore what Surgical Technology programs Cleveland Clinic is affiliated with.
- Meet a Professional Surgical Technologist: Yvette