The $$Florence Campus recently held an Open Operating Room career night to give those who are interested in a career in surgical technology an inside view of the OR. During the event, program director April Anderson and graduates Nicole Ford and Lindsay Jackson discussed their experiences in the surgical technology field. They later worked with the participants in ANU’s simulated OR lab, guiding them step-by-step through the scrub, gown, and glove process that surgical technologists follow before entering the OR. The participants also got hands-on time with surgical instruments, as they learned about how surgeons use each tool, and watched as Nicole and Lindsay draped a “patient” during a mock surgery demonstration.—
Surgical technologists, who are often referred to as “scrubs,” play a vital role in the OR, helping to maintain the sterile field and assisting the surgeon with instruments and equipment. Nicole, who works as a surgical technologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital, told the participants that her job is never boring. “It’s never the same day twice,” she explained. “You could watch three total knee surgeries, all in the same day, and every single one of them would be different. That’s what I love about it.”
[img]“It’s awesome, because it’s a short experience, and you get to learn a lot,” Lindsay said of the surgical technology program at ANU. “It’s a rewarding career.”
A- Graduates Lindsay Jackson (far left) and Nicole Ford (far right) are pictured with Open Operating Room career night participants after walking them through the scrub, gown, and glove process that surgical technologists follow prior to entering the OR for surgery.
B- April Anderson (far right), director of the surgical technology program at the $$Florence Campus, explained the ways various surgical instruments are used during the Open Operating Room event.