Certified Surgical Tech (CST) Intern - PRN - Varies - Main Hospital

Allied Health Edinburg, Texas


Position at DHR Health


The Certified Surgical Tech Intern will assist in the surgical suite to provide safe and skilled patient care.




  • High School Graduate or GED equivalent preferred
  • Currently in an accredited surgical technician program or recent graduate pending CST certification
  • CST certification required within 90 days of CST Program completion date
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass competencies for this position.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all levels of nursing, administration, and physicians
  • Current BLS Certification
  • Knowledge of specialized equipment used in the operating room
  • Prefer technician who has already completed certification by the Association of Surgical Technologists




  • Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others. Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices
  • Assist the Operating Room Registered Nurse in preparing the room for the start of surgery. To include: opening sterile packages, selecting appropriate equipment to be used for the case and making sure that all supplies that will be required are available.
  • Scrubbing for all types of surgeries and assisting the physicians by handing instruments and holding retractors, etc.
  • Assist in placing the patient on the OR table.
  • Order supplies and assures that supplies are available to be pulled from as needed
  • Assist with the cleaning the surgical suite and related areas.
  • Applies principles and techniques of asepsis to the work assignment; assists with scrubbing, preparation of the sterile field, gowning/gloving members of the surgical team and draping of patient.
  • Under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner, pass instruments, hold retractors, cut/remove sutures, apply suction, apply electro surgical hand piece to instrument and apply/remove cast.
  • Responsible for assigned instrument table including instrument set up, clean up and turnover in preparation for the next case.  Performs decontamination and sterilization processes per protocol.
  • Provides safe handling and care for instrument and specimen in accordance with internal procedures.
  • Transports patient and assists with positioning of patient under the direction of a qualified practitioner.
  • Orders and stocks supplies and performs environmental cleaning duties according to standards.  Cleans assigned work unit; stocks and replenishes supplies and equipment as necessary, identifies and reports problems with supplies or equipment; enters equipment repair request in system, tags equipment and removes from service.
  • Provide necessary guidance and instruction to fellow co-workers
  • Identifies emergencies (e.g. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and other medical emergencies), and initiates and/or participates in the appropriate response to situation.
  • Maintains an organized and safe work and patient environment, adhering to the hospital's safety, risk management and regulatory standards. 
  • Reports any unusual circumstances to departmental leadership.
  • Collaborates and communicates effectively with the inter-disciplinary team.
  • Participates in quality assurance/improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Assist with surgical preps as assigned and supervised by Register Nurse (RN)
  • Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times
  • Attend workshops as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Attend departmental meetings




(Certified Surgical Intern)         →        2. (Registered Nurse)    →        3. (Director of Operating Room)