Gemma Fournier, NCCC Surgical Technology Coordinator and Professor. (submitted)
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Niagara County Community College Surgical Technology Program Coordinator and Professor Gemma Fournier was recently named chair of the National Committee on Surgical Technology and Surgical Adjuncts.
NBSTSA is an accreditation body for surgical technologists in the United States. The organization is responsible for all decisions regarding accreditation – from determining eligibility to maintaining, denying, granting and renewing designations. Fournier was first appointed to the NBSTSA in 2018.
Fournier began her career as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) at Memorial Medical Center in Niagara Falls in 1989 and began her teaching career at NCCC in 1995. She has been a past member of the Society of Surgical Technologists (AST) 29 and is a member of the New York State Association of Registered Nurses and Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). At the state level, she served for 10 years as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Director, and Representative of the New York Assembly Committee of the Society of Surgical Technologists (NYAST).
Fournier holds an Associate of Applied Science/Surgical Technology from NCCC, a Bachelor of Nursing from Niagara University, and a Master of Nursing from the University of Phoenix. She received the Society of Surgical Technologists (FAST) Award in May 2012, followed by the Society of Surgical Technologists Teaching Educator Award and the New York State (SUNY) Principal’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013.
The Surgical Technology Program at NCCC is a two-year program that offers specialized surgical technology lectures, a comprehensive general education curriculum, and placements at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Catholic Health System, Kaleida Health System, and ECMC. NCCC graduates are employed at Buffalo/Niagara Regional Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. After completing the AAS degree in Surgical Technology, the Class of 2022 has an employment rate of 86%.