Enhancing the profession to ensure quality patient care.
are worth celebrating. You work hard for your team. You make the operating room
efficient while ensuring patient safety. You deserve recognition! That’s why, in
1984, the Association of Surgical Technologists Board of Directors dedicated
the third week in September to recognizing you and your profession. National
Surgical Technologists Week has been celebrated every year since and has become
a national phenomenon.
September 20-26, 2020
Surgical technologists are essential – not only in the operating
room – but to your kids and
families, to local nonprofits, churches and charities, to local businesses, to
your neighborhoods, causes and communities, to friends and colleagues, to the
profession and to the public. Surgical technologists are essential every
day in so many ways! Whether you are celebrating your profession yourself or with your
team, YOU are essential! Thank you for all you do!
This year, AST is making the National Surgical
Technologists Week poster available to anyone
Download and print the 8-1/2 x 11 poster from any home
computer printer. Or download the 11 x 17 size and take it to your local
copy/print shop – they can print it in the larger format at a minimum cost. Print
the free poster and post copies at home and at work.
Show us how you are essential during this pandemic. Upload your photo or video to AST’s “I’m essential!” contest website, September
1-30, 2020, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100
Amazon.com gift cards.
ADVISED: Please follow any social
distancing guidelines suggested by your state or local municipality. Do not put
yourself or others at risk. Your
photo or video does not need to be set in the operating room or in your
hospital or surgical center. You must comply with HIPAA and your facility’s
policies. You could lose your job for violating hospital policies!
Read the 2020 Official Terms and Conditions in the August Journal.
So many things are uncertain this year. It is hard to know
what life will be like in September – but know this: You and your skills are
worth celebrating. No matter what!
Here are some ideas for celebrating at work during the
If your hospital has canceled elective surgeries in
September due to COVID-19, here are some ways you can still celebrate:
Congratulations to Anna Baptista, CST, from Massachusetts,
who won a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate for suggesting this year’s theme.
Thank you Anna! You’re an essential surgical technologist!
"We are the experts in everything sterile andaseptic. Who better to educate our communitiesthan the people who work daily to alleviatecontamination and cross-contamination?"
-Cindy Mask, CST, FAST
We are Experts in the Sterile Field.Now is the Time to Promote It
Read Cindy's guest column on why surgical technologists need to take the lead in promoting sterile technique and importance of PPE.
Watch AST's Career Video and help spread the word about the profession and the critical job surgical technologists perform every day.