Surgial Technologist - full-time, experience needed

Job Description Summary

Performs technical skills and assistance to surgeons, anesthesia personnel, registered nurses and other professionals. Performs similar duties in other areas of the Hospital as assigned.

Job Description

1 - Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of surgical procedures and instrumentation.

   a - Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy related to procedure.

   b - Demonstrates knowledge of techniques used by various surgeons for various procedures.

   c - Able to assemble and troubleshoot all equipment as necessary for procedure.

   d - Assures all necessary equipment is in the room prior to the start of a case.

   e - Able to safely operate all electro-surgical equipment, diagnostic equipment, disposable equipment as well as equipment unique to each specialty area.

   f - Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of asepsis and consistently maintains sterile technique.

2 - Pursues professional growth and development.

   a - Attends Hospital sponsored training programs as required by department.

   b - Maintains ERT certification.

   c - Completes annual mandatory in-services.

   d - Maintains technical skill level and adapts to changes in surgical technique and/or operative intervention modalities.

3 - Performs all responsibilities/duties required as defined in the scope of service, to assure that the unique nature of the client is addressed. 

   a - Demonstrates a knowledge of sterilization and disinfection as evidenced by practice.

   b - Demonstrates an understanding of operating room sanitation and assists in its maintenance.

   c - Handles all surgical specimens appropriately.

   d - Monitors for and calls attention to breaks in technique.  Communicates to Circulating RN and surgeons breaks in technique.

   e - In conjunction with the RN, conducts accurate sponge, needle and instruments count according to departmental policies.

   f - Performs surgical scrub according to departmental policies.

   g - Assists in the positioning of patients under the guidance of the RN and surgeon as needed.  Maintains safety of patients.

   h - Takes full responsibility for scheduled on call hours.

4 - Functions as a role model for current and new surgical staff.

   a - Accepts assignment as preceptor for new staff.

   b - Demonstrates a constructive approach during all interactions with staff and Nurse Manager towards the Organization.

   c - Trains and assists (Environmental Services) turnover teams with Operating Room protocol and procedures for new and existing team members.

5 - Technology – Embraces technological solutions to work processes and practices.

   a - Meets the technological requirements of the department and unit-specific competencies.

   b - Checks E-mails on a daily basis when scheduled.

6 - Safety Awareness – Fosters a “Culture of Safety” through personal ownership and commitment to a safe environment.

   a - Successfully answers safety questions in annual mandatory education program

   b - Understands individual roles/responsibilities during hospital codes (e.g., Code Green, Code Red)

   c - Utilizes proper body mechanics when performing all aspects of job

   d - Operates equipment safely

   e - Maintains a neat, organized work environment

   f - Knows where to find material safety data sheets (MSDS) for items used to perform job

   g - Adheres to respiratory etiquette guidelines

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Cont.)

1 - Technology and Learning

   a - Participates in continued learning and possess a willingness and ability to learn and utilize new technology and procedures that continue to develop in their role and throughout the organization.

   b - Embraces technological advances that allow us to communicate information effectively and efficiently based on role.