Monthly Archives: April 2020

COVID-19 Extensions and Postponements

Date posted: April 20th, 2020

At-a-glance list of ARC/STSA activities that have been postponed or submission deadlines that have been extended as of April 20, 2020.  Continue reading


A Message from Ron Kruzel, ARC/STSA Executive Director

Date posted: April 17th, 2020

In the last month, our programs and institutions have faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our educators have worked tirelessly to continue to teach courses and serve students as their physical campuses close across the Nation. Despite these extraordinary circumstances, it has been inspiring to watch our educators face these challenges with fortitude and to see our community rally together. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your perseverance, ability to adapt, and your commitment to your students and communities.     Continue reading


Revising the Lesson Plan: Advice on Moving Your Students and Faculty Forward

Date posted: April 13th, 2020

School and clinical closures have caused institutions to quickly assess how to help their students learn in a new, virtual environment. We spoke with Logan Threet, CST, to understand how his institution made the transition, as well as how he collaborated with other organizations to keep their semester going strong. Gain his perspective on the situation, as well as resources for your organization during this challenging time. Continue reading


Transition to e-Learning: One Educator’s Resource to Keep Students Engaged

Date posted: April 13th, 2020

Keeping students engaged in the classroom is among an educator’s top priorities. With the transition to online learning in light of COVID-19, this has become paramount. In this Q&A, hear from Mayo Clinic’s Helga Olson, CSA, CSFA, MS, on how she uses Pear Deck, an online, interactive tool, to enhance her student’s experience. At the time of writing, Olson was using the tool in-person, but it can also be used online as students learn remotely.  Continue reading


Be Part of the Self-Care Evolution

Date posted: April 10th, 2020

At the Louisiana State Assembly Educational Workshop in March, Dr. Elise Juergens, a perioperative circulating nurse turned scholar, brought to light that we are all guilty of overlooking our own self-care. Lack of self-care quickly leads to burnout, and given the tumultuous environment currently being experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic, her message could not have been received at a more valuable time. Continue reading


Crystal Warner, CST, CSA, FAST, Joins ARC/STSA as Education Manager

Date posted: April 10th, 2020

The Accreditation Review Council on Education In Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is pleased to welcome Crystal Warner, CST, CSA, FAST, as Education Manager. In this role, Warner is responsible for developing resources to support educators; and, managing outreach … Continue reading