Maria joined UCLA as an OR Tech directly from school. Her primary role is making preparations for surgery – preparing the rooms, the physicians and the patients. With up to 20 procedures a day, her job keeps her busy. These might include eye surgeries, orthopedics, general surgery or gallbladder surgery to name a few. So hers are very full days encompassing a wide range of procedures. But amid all the constant work, there is also constant learning. Which is why Maria chose UCLA.
“If I have a question about something, I never hesitate to ask.”
“The surgeons are great – wonderful doctors and amazing teachers. It’s not necessarily their role to teach us, but that’s the environment. They are so open to helping you learn more and more,” she says. “If I have a question about something, I never hesitate to ask. The continuous learning makes my job great. And their job easier!”
“Soaking up knowledge like a sponge.”
“Because we’re a teaching hospital we almost always have a resident in the room. As the attending physician explains things to the resident, you’re there and hear everything. You’re never just standing there. You’re always soaking up knowledge like a sponge. And nothing has built my confidence like knowledge has.”
“I want to help the physicians like they have helped me.”
“The physicians I work with go all out for me. I pay them back by going all out for them, and for the patients that we all serve. If that means staying late, that’s fine by me, especially in cases where I might know more about a particular patient than the tech who’s about to relieve me. So I would rather stay and help and not delay the process because that’s what everyone is counting on. And I want them to know they can always count on me.”