Job Changes

I have changed jobs before. I have done the transition from high “school diploma employee” to “college graduate employee”. I have made that leap.

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That wasn’t scary. That was new and exciting, and life altering in such a way, that it couldn’t go bad.

This time, its scary, because it is all new. It is all things I learned while in college… 5+ years ago.

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For the last 4 years and 2 months, I have done the same surgery, over and over. I don’t need to recall all (alllllllllll) of the medical terminology, that I worked so hard to memorize while in school. I don’t need to recall much anatomy, at all. I could probably do my current job with my eyes closed. And there is nothing wrong with that.

I am changing from doing 1 kind of surgery, to doing multiple kinds of surgeries each day, in a different hospital, with different surgeons. That makes me excited. It is also a bit intimidating. I am hoping my preceptor is patient, and is okay refreshing my memory on all the anatomy and physiology that I must remember for the position I have accepted.

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Lots of people think that people only leave jobs because bad things happened there. Or that they didn’t like it anymore.

For me, that’s not the case. Yeah, there were a few things that I didn’t like, or that I didn’t agree with, but, that’s not MY reasoning as to why I am moving on. I mean, we are always going to disagree with something someone says or does. Right? And if we all changed jobs on that reason alone, no one would hold a job for very long, at all.

My reasons are simple.

I want to advance my career. I have a career goal, and I plan on achieving it. The only way to achieve my goal, is to further my education in my field. To further my education in my field, I must be trained by someone who knows how things go. I must take this leap, and pray for all of my skills to kick back in. I need to learn how to do as many different kinds of surgeries as I can possibly do. I need to be able to do them quickly and confidently.

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My goal was to do Trauma surgeries. There is something so amazing about being able to do a stat surgery for whatever comes through the door. I want to be amazing.

My next goal, is to become a first assist. I would love to be a private scrub/first assist for a Trauma Surgeon. (I have no clue why I capitalized that…) Becoming a first assist requires more schooling. And to have a LOT of surgeries under my belt.

So, here I go. Moving on. Taking a leap into what will be my future.

Thank you, my current job, for introducing me to surgical technology, outside of the classroom.

It’s been real!

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