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  1. Hello, I am looking for realistic advice on becoming a surgical PA First Assist. I viewed similar topics within this forum but wanted a more personalized response. This will probably be a long post . Here is a little about my background; I’m a 27yr old currently holding only my GED with a certification as a NA. I’ve worked as a CNA for 3years with 2.5 years working on a post surgical unit at my current hospital. I am transferring to sterile processing next month where I plan to work as I attend a CST program. I thought this would be a good field to work in since I will be working directly with the surgical instruments and preparing the kits and trays for each surgery throughout the day. I also plan to obtain my CRST ( certified registered sterile technician) by taking the exam after some more experience on my new job. I originally wanted to go to school to be an OR Nurse or go for my CRNA but after being allowed to observe a few surgeries at work realized I’d rather be more hands on during procedures. My end goal then became wanting to be a first assist. After speaking with a coworker currently waiting for admission to PA school about it, they suggested becoming a surgical PA. I’m already starting out so late in life... Is it a waste of time to go through the certification of becoming a Surgical Tech? Is it feasible to start a journey to PA so late? I want to be sure that surgery is for me and more than just an interest so figured being a Surgical Tech would help with my decision...I’ve already taken so many detours on the road to furthering my education. I don’t want to delay any further. I have also looked into the RNFA route but prefer the flexibility when it comes to specialties being a PA. All feedback is welcome. Sorry for the long post, and Thanks in advance!
  2. Hey! I'm currently a pre-nursing student but have the desire to be much more than a nurse.. I've been exploring other fields and came across PA. I have a strong interest in surgery so I've started looking into Surgical PA. I guess I have just a lot of general questions about the career. Can anyone give me a general overview? Like, What are the main tasks? Are Surgical PA's "first assist" in surgery? What are the responsibilities? Do Surgical PA's call time of death? Do you make rounds for the Physician, how does that work? Sorry for all these questions, I'm sure they are very amateur. Thank you to whoever takes the time to answer! I've been struggling so much trying to figure everything out and all that.
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