photo of Debra CrewsDebra Crews, RN, CNOR, CST/CSFA, F.A.S.T., KCSA, Assistant Professor at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, was named as a Fellow with the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.) at the National Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Conference in New Orleans, LA on June 8, 2017. Over 1600 members of AST were in attendance. Fellows are the highest level of recognition and are required to have at least 8 consecutive, uninterrupted years of AST membership and hold and maintain the CST or CSFA credential. Debra has been a member of AST for 30 years.

Debra holds both the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) national certifications. She currently serves on the Kentucky State Assembly of AST as a Board of Director. She holds the CNOR certification from the Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) which is the gold standard of the profession. She is also certified by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure as a Kentucky Certified Surgical Assistant (KCSA).

Debra holds an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from WKU. She graduated from the SKYCTC Surgical Technology program in 1988. She began her current position as Program Director/Coordinator/Instructor of the Surgical Technology Program at SKYCTC in October 2013. Previously at SKYCTC, she was an evening adjunct instructor from 1999-2005.

Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists

The FELLOW OF THE ASSOCIATION OF SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS (FAST) designation is awarded to recognize those individuals who have upheld the highest professional, ethical and moral standards and traditions of the surgical technology profession, and whose professional activity has been devoted to the advancement of the profession toward improving the quality of surgical patient care