The other day, I was operating on a little girl with a congenital ear abnormality. Not life and death stuff, but delicate surgery nonetheless. My surgical scrub technician was someone with whom I hadn’t worked before, and I asked him if he was enrolled in the operating room nurse training program, as many of the new folks are.
“No, I’m just a tech.”
I stopped what I was doing and replied: “You may be a tech, but you’re not just a tech.”