I guess I am biased on the topic or RN's and techs but this is a classical example of someone not trained to do a job being allowed to go outside their expertise and now wanting the same pay and recognition as the RN. The first poster is a competent scrub tech. Obviously knows their stuff about SCRUBBING. The second poster I took an interest in with the music degree Spyder is again competent at their job but again due to staff shortages, idiot RN's who dont realise that the buck stops with them so matter , has been placed in a position they shouldent have been placed in EVER. And forgive me Spyder, theres always a choice like "I am not qualified to run an OR, I do not have the necessary qualifications to do so, this hospital could get sued by a patient if it was discovered that a tech with a music degree is running the place", at least that is what I would have said and then refused to come on shift until a qualified member of staff was around. So yes there was a choice.
Anyway my point if I can get to it is that, I truly believe that theres not a tech out there who cant become an RN. So instead of trying to make equal money by scrubbing well for the surgeons and becoming their favourite person because you can anticipate their every need, or instead of taking charge when it must be quite inappropriate for you to do so and telling us that even if the RN was there you would be given the responsibility, go and do your RN. PLEASE, GO AND DO YOUR RN AND STOP TRYING TO SAY A TECH IS THE SAME. ITS NOT IN THE EYES OF MANAGEMENT, ITS NOT IN THE EYES OR YOUR CO WORKERS WHO ARE RN'S AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT ITS NOT THE SAME IN THE EYES OR PATIENTS. For those techs who choose to stay as techs, enjoy their jobs and respect the difference between us, I salute you.