Establishing a High School Sterile Processing Clinical Program
Elizabeth “Betsy” Vane, RN, MS, CNOR, CHL, CRCST, Health Science Teacher, Health Careers High School, and Deborah Austin, RN, BSN, MA Health Department, Coordinator, Health Careers High School
A challenge for today’s surgical team is maintaining certified/qualified sterile processing personnel. It is time to move toward teaching high school students about this career field. This program will provide a discussion of the significant clinical and legal considerations for teaching high school students about the roles and functions of sterile processing personnel in an academic setting and within the hospital(s) in their community. School district support of a national certification process will be included.