Introduction: clinical environment provides opportunities for students to gain useful experiences. In this regard, the responsibility of surgical technologist is very important and requires knowledge about preoperative evaluation, patient preparation and providing training tips to the client. Therefore, this study was conducted to explain the experiences of surgical technologist students from the first presence in the operating room.
Method: This is a qualitative study that was conducted with a descriptive phenomenological approach. Participants were 15 surgeries technologists’ students in the second and third semesters who entered the study through purposive sampling. Data collection was done through individual interviews. Colaizzi seven-step analysis method was used to analyze data.
Results: After collecting and analyzing the data manually, 101 codes were extracted. The extracted codes were categorized into 7 sub-categories and then revealed 3 main themes (duality in learning environment, preconceptions before operating room, feelings in the operating room) in the participants' experiences.
Conclusion: The expectations of surgical technology students changed from what they thought. Due to the stress of this field, it is necessary to take the necessary measures and prepare students at the beginning of the clinic and promote their clinical education.