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Unsung Heroes
Reprocessing techs are essential to the delivery of safe and efficient care. It's time to start treating them that way.
Daniel Cook
Publish Date: November 13, 2019   |  Tags:   Waste Management
EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Make every effort to improve the work environment, satisfaction and performance of your sterile processing techs.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

Last month at OR Excellence in New Orleans, attendees packed the conference’s main presentation hall for an open forum discussion about ways to improve the performances of their facilities’ sterile processing departments. Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR, clinical nurse educator at Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital, raised her hand.

“Why is it,” she asked with a mix of wonder and exasperation, “that my daughter made more as a lifeguard in her first job out of college than my hospital pays our reprocessing techs?”

Peter Nichol, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, peered down from the dais, smiled and leaned toward his mic. “How much time do you have?”

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