John Vondran

Certified Surgical Technologist for Evanston Hospital

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Robert Morris provided me the skills and knowledge base I needed to be successful in my career. I felt extremely prepared and confident for my certification exam, on the job hunt and in starting work.

Before starting college, John Vondran was unsure of where his future was headed. It wasn’t until he attended Robert Morris that Vondran was able to find the perfect career path for himself.

“I always had an interest in the medical field, but was unsure of where and how to start. At Robert Morris, I not only got an education, but I learned confidence and pride in my abilities.”

After gradating from the surgical technology program in 2014, Vondran was confident about heading into the workforce.

“Robert Morris provided me the skills and knowledge base I needed to be successful in my career. I felt extremely prepared and confident for my certification exam, on the job hunt and in starting work.”

Currently, Vondran is a Certified Surgical Technologist for Evanston Hospital. Vondran says he relies on what he learned during his studies at RMU daily.

“Robert Morris taught me how to learn quickly, think on my feet and rely on my instincts. Everyday in the operating room is different and there is always a new challenge and learning opportunity.”

Before graduating, Vondran spent much of his time helping out fellow students. An RMU Eagle Scholar, Vondran volunteered at new student orientation and became a lab assistant for the surgical technology program.

“I was able to help out during class, teach skills and prepare students for their clinical rotations. I was also responsible for overseeing students during clinical rotations and evaluating them in the operating room.”

Vondran remembers one experience from his own clinical rotation at Robert Morris that still stands out to him today.

“I had the opportunity to observe a heart transplant. I was able to hold the old heart prior to sending it to the lab,” he said. “The combination of seeing a heart transplant and holding a human heart in my hands opened my eyes to the career I was starting and the lives impacted by my work today.”

Vondran still visits RMU to talk to students about his experiences. Recently, he was the speaker for the surgical technology program graduation in 2015.

Vondran has plans to go back to school next year to receive his bachelor degree. Ultimately, he would like to become a physicians assistant. 

When not working, Vondran spends his time traveling, watching rugby, boxing, and cheering on the Blackhawks.

Vondran advises future surgical technicians to learn from your peers and always ask for advice.

“Everyone has his or her own way of working. Observe others and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”