Employee Spotlight: Deon Hemingway

Written by Rose Torrento on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

deon hemingwayDeon Hemingway was in the automotive industry when he first learned of work as a sterile processing technician (STP).

His interest led to job offers, and soon he found a position giving him a unique opportunity to help people — which is important to him.

As a technician responsible for sterilizing medical equipment such as surgical instruments, he protects patients from disease and infection. Deon has been in the field for nearly nine years, giving him the chance to grow and learn. Sterile processing technicians play an essential role in preventing surgical site infections and the spread of blood-transmitted diseases like hepatitis and HIV.

STP training provides graduates with instruction in basic microbiology. Additional certification possibilities are also available after completed training.

The position isn’t free from its challenges as Deon has discovered over the years. Although vital players in the delivery of quality care, STPs often struggle with not feeling like a part of the team. But, at the end of the day, helping patients and ensuring safety pays dividends.

Deon says the responsibilities of sterile processing technicians take time, so it’s important to manage resources and be careful. He points out that the issues faced daily affect patients, so it is essential that every action is in the patient's best interest.

Deon loves his job, and urges men to consider becoming STPs despite the field being dominated by women. It's the perfect job for those looking for new opportunities.

As a long-time member of this female-dominated field, Deon is a pioneer. Fewer men than women work in nursing and health care — with men accounting for less than 10 percent of the nursing field alone — despite a growing demand for professionals within this realm. Deon advises young men not to get intimidated by the number of women in nursing, as there is always a demand for qualified and talented individuals in health care.

Deon is married with eight children, and working with HPC has allowed him to work close to home. He is also a movie buff who enjoys the chance to be with his family as much as possible.

HPC offers both travel nurse opportunities and positions available closer to home. There are several options to available, contact us online or call us at 888-299-9800 so we can assist you on your path in nursing.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.