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Surgical Technology Student Gains Experience in the OR during Externship

Feb 24, 2015

Camelia Evans, a student currently in the last term of her surgical technology program at the Florence Campus, is gaining hands-on experience under the watchful eyes of her preceptors during her externship in the operating room at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital. “It’s awesome,” she said.  “My preceptors have been great. I’ve learned so much being there with them.”

Camelia, a Kentucky National Guard veteran who served two deployments in Kuwait and Iraq, has enjoyed everything about her program at American National University and finds it hard to believe how little she knew about the field of surgical technology when she first came to National in search of career direction. “When I learned more about the surgical technology program and what they did, I just got more and more interested; I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she recalled.

After completing her externship, she will sit for the exam to become a certified surgical technologist (CST) as the final step in her program. In the meantime, she’s enjoying the excitement of working side-by-side with the surgical team in the OR. “I’ve helped assist with quite a few surgeries, and I really love orthopedics,” she said with a smile.

Camelia Evans is completing an externship at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital, where she's gaining hands-on experience as part of the surgical team.

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