Randi-Leray Childs loves the intensity of working as a certified surgical technologist in the operating room at Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH), a regional health care facility located in Cynthiana, Kentucky. “For me, an exciting case is anything fast-paced,” she explained.
Steadfast, flexible, and devoted are just a few of the words that describe Randi-Leray’s commitment to her career—a career that she pursued during long hours of studying and clinical rotations while a student in the surgical technology program at the $$Florence Campus. “As long as I can remember, I've been very interested in the human body and health care,” said Randi-Leray, who was first exposed to the OR while working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). “Surgery seemed interesting and challenging, and the more I learned about it the more I knew that's exactly where I wanted to be.”
[img]Randi-Leray began working in the OR at HMH as a student during her clinicals and was hired by HMH shortly after graduating. “I was here for clinicals, and I loved the staff and all of the surgeons,”Randi-Leray recalled. “ It was kind of like coming home.”
Traci Taylor, Chief Nursing Officer at HMH, worked closely with Randi-Leray during her clinicals, and said that she knew right away that she’d be an excellent addition to the OR team. “As a student, Randi would seek out any opportunity to scrub in those more complex cases,” Ms. Taylor said. “She continues to demonstrate that behavior as an employee. She is self-driven but has a relaxed demeanor at the same time.”
Ms. Taylor feels that a new surgical technologist like Randi-Leray can gain valuable experience working in the OR of a small regional hospital like HMH, where the motto is “Go where you know. Small town. Big medicine.” “I believe working in a small-town hospital makes employees more well-rounded,” she explained. “We don’t have a ‘special team’ for each necessary intervention. You learn to provide the care that patients need. As a result, your skills are continually being challenged and improved.”
Developing her skills at HMH is exactly what Randi-Leray plans to do. “In health care and surgery especially, you are forever a student,” she said. “It is a field that is constantly evolving and the best thing is just to become a sponge that soaks up all the knowledge possible; you can never be overeducated!”
A- Randi-LeRay Childs loves the fast pace of working as a surgical technologist in the OR at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
B-Traci Taylor (right), chief nursing officer at HMH, said that Randi-Leray (left) possesses a self-driven yet relaxed demeanor that makes her an excellent addition to the OR team.