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Guest Speaker Relates Valuable Information

Apr 08, 2013

Saundra Sims, an instructor at the Indianapolis Campus, recently invited a guest speaker to her Surgical Technology I class. Tawanda Gardfrey is a CRCST (Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician) and a CIS (Certified Instrument Specialist) working at IU Health in Indianapolis. Ms. Gardfrey spoke to the class about her experiences in the surgical field dealing with many different surgical cases.

“The biggest mistake you can make is to contaminate the area,” said Ms. Gardfrey. She said that each surgical center/hospital is different. Surgical technologists must be willing to adapt to their environment and different personalities. She advised the students to simply “let it roll off” when they approach a difficult doctor or patient. You should always have a good attitude and when you dwell on one person, you are not able to work to your best ability.

Before Ms. Gardfrey left, she gave this advice: “Walk into each surgery with confidence and a great smile. Some days will be rough, but remember how you got in [to the surgical field] and treat others with respect.”

tags: Medical: Surgical Technology - Associate's Degree (SRG)