Quote from cherryclassic
Sorry to bring this up again and also sorry if this has been talked about in another thread, but I had already been to all those websites and was hoping for some replies about personal experience. but now I'm kinda wondering if some of you could explain why you switched from one to the other? I've read on this board about LPNs going to school for CST or the other way around and CST going to school to become to RNs. Is their a certain reason for the change? Does one make more money? Is one harder than the other? Or after working did you just decide it wasn't what you wanted to do? Sorry for all the questions.
First let me start by saying I LOVE being a CST.
I went to surg tech school knowing I would use it as a path to career advancement. I had wanted a career in healthcare in fifth grade and had worked in a hospital in many capacities. I got "sidetracked" for a few years after undergrad. Being a scrub tech was a way for me to get back in and be 100% SURE it was what I wanted before I commited a great deal of money and time.
I made an excellent
decision. Being a tech I have worked with wonderful people (nurses, doctors and other techs). Many people work as techs forever and are very happy. More money is just a small part of it. In truth, if you are very curious, you will learn so much in this job that you will naturally want to further your education and experiences. The Association of Surgical Technologist knows that out job attracts curious people and encourages CST to seek further education!
Someday I plan to become a DO/MD or CRNA or a Phd in Physiology for nurse education.
Seach for a few of my posts about CST's. Good luck!