Here is her story.
“I had been working at an assisted living facility for a number of years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Qualified Medication Administration Personnel (QMAP.) I had worked my way up to management, but was feeling burnt out. I had a few friends who had attended Pima Medical Institute and spoke very highly of it. I began researching the programs and Surgical Technology captured my interest, so I enrolled.
Most of my classes were online, because of COVID, but I found my instructors to be knowledgeable and encouraging, even from a distance. For clinicals I was placed at Denver Health. I was terrified, but both my clinical director and operating room (OR) educator were always available for questions and upon completion, they offered me a job. I absolutely love going to work and am fascinated by every part of my job! Plus, I get to work with lots of other Pima Medical graduates.
Here’s what my typical day might look like: I check the board for my first assignment, do my first surgical scrub, begin preparing the OR. I gown and glove then prepare the back table and appropriate instruments for that surgery. After the patient and surgeon come in, I help gown and glove the surgeon, drape the patient, and set up suction, cautery, and instrumentation, keeping everything sterile. During surgery I anticipate the needs of the surgeon, often helping with retraction or bleeding. After, I help clean up the OR and begin preparing for my next surgery.
I cannot tell you how much I love being a Surgical Technologist. My husband sees how happy I am and he is considering attending the same program. I’m thankful for Pima Medical and the education and support I received from my instructors. I recommend it all the time.”