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I am 17 years old and enrolled in the LPN program. I enjoy clinicals and although I have bad days, I still like the challenge. But now I am really intersted in med-surg. I have been told to chuck this program and just become a surgical tech but I am so confused. I have not got any answers on the med-surg forum. What is a surgical technician and what is the difference in a surgery nurse ? Is there a very big job demand for surgical techs? What does a surgical tech do? I have heard its only 10 months of schooling. I have had others tell me stay with the LPN program finish it out and work in a hospital a year first. But I really would like to be in an operating room. Then I have had others tell me stay away from the operating room. I am looking for people that have worked in the operating room or anyone who has done a surgical tech program? ADVICE PLEASE!!!!
Here's a link to one of the Colleges in my area that has a Surgical Technican degree program: http://www.elcentrocollege.edu/Progr...stdescribe.htm
It should answer most of the questions that you have. Granted it's what you can do in Texas as Surgical Tech and in your state might be different.
Med/Surg is more taking care of the patient pre-op and post-op so you don't get to actually work in the OR. A Surgical Nurse is something you might be intrested in if you want to work in the OR. They help with all aspects of the surgery and do all the scheduling of surgeries and doctors and all the stuff that Surgical Techs can't do.
There's only a so-so job demand for Surgical Techs (at least around here), and what jobs there are fill rather quickly. You might get a job in Central Supply in a hospital instead of working in an OR with a Surgical Tech degree. The whole 10 Month thing is if you go to a Technical School. If you do go to a Technical School then what you earn there in the way of credits will not transfer to any other College or University anywhere else.
If you have your heart on being a Nurse than stick with the LPN program. Work as an LPN for a while and then go into a LPN to RN Bridge program in one of the colleges in your area. With an RN you will get more responsibility and will get to work the OR like you want to, or you can go ahead and quit the LPN program and go directly into an RN program, but that might be a bit sticky considering that you are only 17 since most RN programs are college level.
Nursing gives you all sorts of flexibility in the medical field rather than just being in the OR all day. I know for me I need to see the sun every now and then, and not just when I go to work and go home.
Hope this helps,