I just got a call from the highest ranking circulating RN in our rather small, rural hospital's OR (with an excellent general surgeon and many outreach specialist's with privileges). Apparently, a surgical tech (the only male) was "promoted" to first scrub today. The decision to create this position was a secret, and prior to today, had never existed.
A couple of questions for anyone good enough to help me with this:
1. Does this position require special education or certification?
2. What, exactly, is the job description and responsibilities of this position?
The RN's and other scrubs are inflamed (understatement), and think the opportunity for this job should have been opened up for all to be considered. We are unionized, and this is the standard policy....however, this is a non-union position that was created. This gentleman was "cherry-picked" by the general surgeon. Yes, he is a very good surgical tech. Many of the employees back there would be considered very good employees. Toes have been stepped on....feelings have been hurt..... The surgeon made this announcement by stating to all in the "theatre", "You'll have to call **** "Mr." now, because he's just recieved a promotion!" Let's just say that emotions are running high!
The general surgeon acts confused, like "Why can't we praise someone who does a good job?", as if this guy makes the whole OR run!
We would appreciate any and all input to help us understand this role!