For many, this semester has been stressful, but it has also been a time of resilience. Students and teachers have joined forces to overcome obstacles and make the most of this experience. Enjoy these stories of hope and inspiration from educators across the country. 

“My students met each other for the first time online and now, several weeks later, they have become friends who engage in phone call group studies. Resilience, determination and a strive for excellence are vital traits in a surgical technologist. I have witnessed just that in my students at the beginning of their journey.” —Nare Barseghian, RN, CST Instructor, Glendale Career College, Glendale, California 

With the sudden transition to online learning, I was unsure how we would adapt to a ‘new normal.’ Our campus dispersed professional development opportunities to faculty and staff to enhance our virtual capabilities and not let the rigor of our programs falter. Students’ adaptation demonstrates the necessary skills to be a successful future certified surgical technologist.” —Katrina Simpson, MA, CST, CSPDT, CSIS, Program Coordinator, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Our students are more eager to become surgical technologists than ever before. During virtual lectures, I have heard a change in their demeanor — more helpful to each other and patient. They do something goofy at least once during lecture to lift spirits. Some have dealt with significant stressors but believe continuing school is a positive distraction. I am confident that when they are exposed to the stress of the operating room they will prevail.” —Maggie Griffith, CST, Program Director, North-West College, West Covina, California

“I was pleased to see the support system created by program directors and instructors across the country — seasoned educators guiding those less comfortable through technology, and sharing resources, tests, quizzes and lab practical [freely]. I am proud of the surgical technology educators who are demonstrating what we do best: work under stressful circumstances, accommodate and ensure things happen … and make sure we go home with the satisfaction of a job well done.” —Matti Maya, CST, CRCST, Program Director, Glendale Career College, Glendale Campus