Surgical technology for the surgical technologist: a by Bob Caruthers, Paul Price, Teri L. Junge

By Bob Caruthers, Paul Price, Teri L. Junge

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Hospital philosophy and broad policy are typically established by a board of directors or a board of trustees. Given the type of hospital, these positions may result from election, appointment, or position. The board will hire a chief executive officer (CEO), whose job it is to put the philosophy and broad policy into practice (Figure 1-5). Hospitals typically have several layers of administration. At the top administrative level, several vice-presidents oversee broad areas. For example, each of the following areas might have a vice-president assigned to it: administration, medical affairs, patient services, legal services, finances, and building and environment.

The JCAHO defines the term profession in several different ways. It is clearer in its use of the term paraprofessional (O’Leary, 1994, p. 587): Occupations requiring successful completion of a training program at or above the college level or its equivalent, typically lasting one to two years; the program resembles that of the profession’s to which it corresponds, except that the paraprofessional program is shorter and more limited in content. Members of the occupation work under the direction and supervision of the professionals whose service capabilities they extend and to whom they are responsible.

They may be a clinical coordinator, faculty, or program director in surgical technology. The academic positions of faculty and program director usu- Figure 1-4 Surgical Technologist in the Sterile Processing Role (STSP) preparing sterile supplies 14 SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY ally require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Some STEDs may teach other related courses in the broader category of health sciences. As one can see, roles overlap. A program director is also in management and may have several faculty and clinical instructors working for her.

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