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Jumpstart Your Career As A Surgical or Sterile Processing Technician with KPG Healthcare!

Surgical technologists and  sterile processing technicians  are responsible for keeping  medical instruments and equipment sterile and safe when used by healthcare practitioners and professionals.

KPG Healthcare currently has  many opportunities in these fields.  If you are a certified surgical technologist or sterile processing technician, we invite you to explore our job opportunities  and the  great benefits of working for KPG Healthcare!

High Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Surgical Technologists make an average of about $20 per hour  or around $42,000 a year.  Sterile technicians have a median salary of $38,000 a year or about  $19 an hour.  Depending on the assignment, Surgical Techs with KPG Healthcare can make anywhere from $24-$38 per hour. Sterile Techs can expect to make around $17-$26 dollars per hour with KPG – much higher than average!

Rewarding Benefits

KPG works hard to match job assignments to the expressed needs and preferences of each candidate. In addition, KPG offers industry-leading benefits, including  custom-tailored compensation packages, flexible contract lengths, healthcare benefits, travel reimbursement, weekly direct deposit, and unlimited referral bonus.

In-Demand Job Opportunities

KPG Healthcare is making a special effort to expand the number of placements in both of these growing specialties.   BLS projects surgical technologist jobs to grow   by 19% (around 17,000 jobs in the next decade) and sterile technician jobs  to increase by 11% (5,000 jobs in the next decade) nationwide.

Contact us today to discover what opportunities are available now and in the future.  Apply online on our website and join our team now!

Not trained in these fields interested in exploring them further?  Below you will see more specifics on the training programs for each profession.

 

How to be Trained and Certified

Surgical Technician

The  Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has identified over 450 accredited surgical technology training programs offered throughout the United States, plus a number of online programs to choose from. You must have completed high school or the equivalent  to join the program. Programs vary from 9 to 24 months depending the degree or certificate, as students learn both in classroom (unless done online) and clinical experience. Completing the program will allow you  to take the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting certification (NBSTSA) exam to become a certified surgical technologist.

Sterile Processing Technician

There are many schools to choose from that offer sterile processing technician training programs – over 400 in the nation! Most students will go through the certificate (non-degree) route  to start a career path the quickest. You must have completed high school or the equivalent  to join the program. The program lasts  from a few weeks to six months. There is a voluntary certification exam that may be taken after completion of the training program. Wondering how you can get certified? Connect online with  the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution or the CRCST Certification from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management. It is not required, but highly recommended that you complete the certification process  to open up more employment opportunities and to earn   a higher salary!

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the  nation. Looking for your next career move as a Sterile or Surgical tech? KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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7 California Hospitals Honored by the U.S. News & World Report

Wondering if your hospital made the list this year? According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking hospitals reside in California in 2017-18! With 420 health centers in the Golden State, 53 meet the exceptional U.S. News guidelines and are ranked in state. Hospitals in Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles and more made the cut out of more than 5,000 medical centers across the nation.

Check out where each hospital excelled in specific ranking and specialities in the list below!

UCSF Medical Center #1 in California

Ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialities, UCSF Medical Center is a 745-bed medical and surgical facility with nearly 30,000 admissions in the most recent year reported. Achieving the most impressive rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions, UCSF Medical Center has had outstanding performance in specialities including Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.


UCLA Medical Center #2 in California

Performing over 9,000 annual inpatient and nearly 17,000 outpatient surgeries, UCLA Medical Center is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialities and 15 adult specialities including Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Nephrology. High performing in certain procedures like aortic valve surgery and conditions such as heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), this Los Angeles located medical center exceeds expectations in serving the most medically complicated patients.

 

Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital  #3 in California

Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital has close to 500 beds with over 25,000 admissions in the latest year reported. Nationally ranked in 13 adult specialities and #1 in the San Jose metro area, this NorCal medical center has been recognized as high performing in 8 different procedures and conditions such as COPD, knee replacement, and heart failure.

 

Cedars Sinai Medical Center #4 in California

Cedars Sinai Medical Center is an LA based Medical Center that specializes in General Medical and Surgical Practice. With 885 beds and and more than 88,000 Emergency Room visits, Cedars Sinai is large and world renowned medical institution. Rated 4th in the Nation for both Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Cedars Sinai is both regionally and nationally recognized. Boasting a top 20 rating in 8 specialties, Cedars Sinai is extremely well rounded and continues to be considered one of the best hospitals in the state.

Scripps La Jolla Hospitals #6 in California

A 203-bed surgical and medical facility with over 37,000 emergency room visits, Scripps La Jolla Hospitals is nationally ranked in 8 adult specialities. With top performance ratings in Gynecology and Diabetes & Endocrinology, Scripps is also a powerhouse hospital in heart bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, and hip replacement.

UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center #7 in California

Regionally ranked as #2 in the San Diego metro area, UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center outshines in 8 adult specialities, and 8 adult procedures and conditions. Transcending the rest with their high quality performance, this San Diego native medical center ranks in Pulmonology, colon cancer surgery, and aortic valve surgery.

Keck Hospital of USC #10 in California

Helping patients make the difficult decision on where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates close to 5,000 medical centers in 16 adult specialities, 9 adult conditions and procedures and 10 children’s specialities. Ranked across the country in 5 adult specialities, Keck Hospital of USC is proficient in cancer specialities, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, as well as several more procedures and conditions.

Going above and beyond in the healthcare industry, it’s safe to say these California hospitals are some of the best in the West – and across the country!

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

 

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5 Ways to Nail Your Next Job Interview

5 Tips To Nailing Your Job Interview

Although the field can be a stressful place, becoming the member of a healthcare team is one of the most rewarding types of jobs that are available, for various reasons. Healthcare offers job security and exceptional pay and benefits. There are many different types of positions to choose from that stretch beyond being a doctor or a nurse. But more importantly, you will get to make a direct impact on many people’s lives.

It doesn’t stop there. The relationships you build and lives you touch will make a lasting imprint in the world. What you do matters and is always going to be of necessity. The need for healthcare is always in high demand and shows no signs of slowing down, in fact, it is steadily increasing as the world changes and evolves.

Whether you are aiming for your first position or hoping to make a move to climb the ladder in your career, consider these five tips to ace that job interview.

First Impressions Matter

You want to make sure you are giving your future employer the best first impression, as this might be your only opportunity to impress them. Make sure you dress for success. Whether you are interviewing for a C-Level position or Level I RN position, make sure to be in appropriate business professional attire. This means a dress, skirt  or dress pants with a blouse or jacket for women and dress pants with a shirt, tie and jacket for men. Ladies, keep your makeup and jewelry classy and to a minimum! Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to show you are more than capable of being on time.

Do Your Research

Learn everything you can about the organization, hospital, staff members, and the interviewer. You will most likely be given the names of the individual(s) you are interviewing with. Spend some time researching each individual. Have they one any recent awards? What day to day job responsibilities do they hold in their current position? Make sure you know things about the hospital and organization such as their mission, beliefs, and awards. These are great topics to discuss and possible questions they could bring up during your interview. There is no such thing as being overly prepared! Google and LinkedIn are great online tools you can use to get started.

Show What You Can Do  

If you do not already have one, make sure you put together a professional portfolio that highlights your education and career. It should include any certifications, licenses, diplomas, awards, accomplishments, letters of recommendation, references, published articles, community service, etc. Bring multiple copies of your printed resume and be ready to hand it out. Don’t hesitate to bring up those accomplishments during the course of your interview if it does not come up in the interviewer’s questions.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes perfect, right? Search the web and find potential questions you will be asked in your interview. Find a friend or family member who is willing to review practice questions with you. Have them ask you a series of questions ranging from behavioral based questions to common questions related to the position you are applying for. Work on answering those questions not only with them but also in front of a mirror as well as practice greeting your interviewers and smile.

Be Confident

Never forget to show your enthusiasm for the position throughout the interview and smile! It is important to show your potential employers how much you want the position and how much energy you are willing to put forth. Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking and exhausting, so make sure you stay hydrated and nourished to remain upbeat. And don’t forget coffee if you need it! Also, just remember, you meet the requirements and guidelines for the position and have come more than ready, it’s time to shine!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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