I was looking at my local college, and being in Rochester with the Mayo Clinic, there are a lot of medical programs available. I'd been looking at the Registered Nursing, Radiology, and Surgical Technology. All of them are 2 years courses (although with the RN, I think some people go elsewhere for another 2 years for a 4 year degree). Anyway - I've been looking into the Surgical Tech program more seriously because it sounds really interesting - and more towards something I could do, and would love to do. The RN interests me too, but I honestly don't think I'd be cut out for it in reality. I did some google searching and couldn't find much in the way of forums though, and I wanted to get some personal opinions. This is the only good looking place that came up in my search. Basically, I'm wondering if any OR Nurses, or Surgical Techs, could tell me what it's like to actually be a surg tech, and perhaps what it takes. I know reading my college's info and from doing random searches that it can be a somewhat physically demanding job (no bathroom breaks for up to 6 hours, standing around for basically hours on end possibly, etc, etc). I know that they're basically the 2nd assistant (it seems the Surg Assistant gets to do more hands on, while the Surg Tech seems more like a prep person who assists as well). But I was hoping to get some first hand info on what it's really like, and what it demands from a person. One issue I'm worried about is my unchecked bladder issue - I appear to have a massively overactive bladder. One can of pop can seriously send me to the bathroom 4-5 times in an hour sometimes (other times it does nothing)... I was checked years ago and they found nothing wrong, but I haven't done anything recent about it (but I am going to set up an appt. with my doctor sometime in a the next month or so). I also tend to get a sore back from standing too long, but I think that's just an out-of-shape issue, I need to get myself back into shape. Those are my only other real concerns. I've got good ears, good eyes, good co-ordination, if I want something enough - I'm a hard worker... I've got a 2 month old daughter, and I'm basically looking to go back to College in a year or so (maybe Fall 2009) and get a degree in something that I can hopefully do the rest of my life. That's basically my story. As I said before, I'm hoping some people can give me some first hand info on what the job is really like and what it requires in a person. Thanks for any help.
Quote from moocow67
you're very welcome. (usually there's a "reply" link of some kind at the bottom of pms - but this is fine also!) i'm glad my information was useful, and i also thought ewattsjt's reply was right on the money as well - he covered it all!! any other questions - please don't hesitate to contact me here or through pms....
good luck! :d
and sharidcst, i want to thank you for your pm. i can't find way to reply to it directly, so i thought i'd do it here. it was by the far the most detailed and helpful response i've gotten thus far in my search. thanks a ton.
Last edit by ShariDCST on Jul 11, '08
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