Kali, I am sorry you've had that kind on experience. Where I work, the surgical team absolutely sticks together. Of course there are times where you stay quiet but I absolutely have had nurses stick up for me and vice versa if things went unwarranted. I also don't clean my instruments either. I just bring them to a dirty room and we have central clean them, as well as housemen that mop and clean the rooms. Do techs deserve more pay? Absolutely! But I make way more than someone who is working at Costco. I believe that there are pros and cons to every job and every place and environment is different. It is important to do research about the job and where you'd be working for sure. Like you were, I am tech and in nursing school for my RN because I am young and would like to move up the rankings at some point, BUT I would never trade my tech experience for anything. I have learned so much and am better off for it. I'm sure you feel the same way! I wish other ORs had good morale in terms of good team environments. I hear a lot of stories like yours about surgeons, nurses, techs, etc not getting along. The job is stressful enough without all the outside BS drama that can go on between nurses and techs. I really think each environment is different but it is interesting to hear your experience as well!