After completion of your CNA course and obtaining nurse aide certificate, you can choose to work in a nursing home, hospice, assisted living centers, hospitals or any healthcare institute, under the supervision of a registered nurse. Most of the CNAs perform the similar tasks; however, their duties change according to the department they are working in. Here we have described the job description and salary of the nursing assistants working in the operating rooms.
The aspirant must hold a high school diploma or equivalent qualification. In order to work as an operating room assistant, you need to enroll in a surgical technology program which takes 9 to 24 months to complete. This program is offered by hospitals, technical schools, or community colleges, and offer certificate, diploma or associate’s degree. You will be deemed eligible to appear for the certification exam only, if you have graduated from the program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The certification exam is conducted by the NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting). You receive CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) credential after qualifying the test. However, obtaining this certificate is not mandatory, but certified candidates are given preference by the employer.
Operating room nursing assistants work under the supervision of RNs and surgeons. They assist the surgeons while an operation is being performed. Their basic duty is to observe the patients’ vital signs and to provide the equipments necessary for the surgery. Besides this, they perform the below given tasks:
As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunities for operating room technicians are anticipated to grow by 30%, between 2012 and 2022. This growth is attributed to increasing number of surgical centers and surgery cases.
According to payscale.com, as of December 2014, the surgical technologists earned $28,561 – $54,184 per annum, and $13.62 – $25.00 per hour. The statistics of indeed.com states that these professionals took home around $38,000 per annum in February 2015. As per the reports of the BLS, the mean annual and hourly income (as of May 2013) of surgical technologists was $44,420 and $21.36, respectively.