In this Alumni Spotlight we caught up with Amanda Simon, graduate of the Surgical Technologist training program who currently works at Saint Vincent, AHN.
What where you doing prior to enrollment? What made you enroll in school?
Prior to enrollment I was attending a different college majoring in a career that I decided wasn’t right for me. I decided to withdraw and chase my dreams. I enrolled in school because I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field, and surgery has always interested me!
Where have you worked since you graduated and where do you currently work? What is your title?
I completed my externship from Great Lakes at St. Vincent Hospital, AHN. I was hired into a position before the completion of my externship, and have been there ever since! I am currently a Surgical Technologist Chief. I am the resource for foot and ankle orthopedics, sports medicine, and hands surgery.
What types of things do you do there day to day?
On a day to day basis, I typically scrub for the surgeons that I am the resource for. I get the room ready first thing in the morning, make sure that we have all equipment and supplies necessary. In my specialty we use a lot of different supplies for every surgery so it is important to keep up with that. I also contact reps, help with the ordering of supplies, and consistently update the preference cards for each surgeon and each type of surgery.
What do you like about your career?
I love my career because it is constantly changing. I do something different every single day and I love that I am helping to improve the lives of others.
What did you like most about attending Great Lakes? How did Great Lakes prepare you for your job?
I loved attending Great Lakes because it was very hands-on. The material we learned along with the labs, followed by the externship at the end of the program definitely helped prepare me for my career in the operating room. The instructors are wonderful and so helpful!
What advice can you give current students and new graduates that can help them be successful?
Advice for current students and new graduates would be to never stop chasing your goals and your dreams. Show up everyday like it’s your first day and work as hard as you can to do better every single day. Don’t underestimate what you are capable of achieving. If you would have told me three years ago, I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t believe you! So don’t give up!