Surgical Technician - Operating Room FT Days

Nursing 74200 - Operating Room Full-Time Days 10 Hour 0645


Description

Under the direction of a RN, the Surgical Technician II works cooperatively with all surgical team members functioning as scrub assistant to the surgeon and assistant surgeon during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician II is knowledgeable about, skilled in, and coordinates at least one area of expertise in the Operating Room. The Surgical Technician II is responsible for adhering to all standards of care and for promoting teamwork among coworkers.

Core Competencies

  • Assists the circulating nurse in preparing the assigned operating room for surgery.
  • Checks the surgeons preference cards before beginning all surgeries
  • Scrubs, gowns, and gloves according to approved techniques.
  • Practices aseptic technique in opening surgical packs, sutures, and trays.
  • Maintains a sterile field throughout each surgical procedure.
  • Performs sponge and needle counts according to policies/ procedures.
  • Provides health care services in own job category to the following age groups as applicable to job functions and as appropriate in regularly assigned clinical areas: Infancy: birth - 1 year Toddler: 1 year - 3 years Pre-School: 3 years - 6 years School Age: 6 years - 12 years Adolescent: 12 years - 18 years Adulthood: 19 years - 45 years Middle Adult: 45 years - 59 years Late Adult: 60 years - 79 years 80 years >
  • Assists the surgeon and assistant surgeon by passing instruments during surgical procedures.
  • Checks medications used during surgical procedures with the circulating nurse.
  • Reports any breaks in aseptic technique and restores sterile field.
  • Handles and identifies specimens correctly; obtains surgeons permission before handing specimens off the sterile field.
  • Reports to circulating nurse any drains or packing remaining in patients after surgery.
  • Applies dressing to wounds and cleanses skin immediately following surgery.
  • Assists in the transfer of patients from the surgical table to gurney.
  • Operates surgical tables, lights, electro-surgical units, and instrumentation systems used during surgical procedures.
  • Assists the circulating nurse in cleaning and preparing the operating room for surgeries to follow.
  • Maintains a safe working environment: ensures gurneys are in locked position except when transporting, ensures side rails are in up position as indicated, keeps unit free of hazards/clutter, adheres to infection prevention guidelines, disposes of infectious waste properly
  • Maintains confidentiality and uses discretion when discussing patient information.
  • Answers the telephone promptly and courteously and relays calls/messages to the appropriate person in a timely manner.
  • Participates in code situations as directed (eg Code Blue, Orange, Green, Gray, Pink, and Red).
  • Assists in maintaining a well functioning unit by: removing broken equipment per policy alerting appropriate resources of faulty/broken equipment
  • Orients new personnel to department, equipment, and routines.
  • Assists other team members by offering assistance to distribute the workload.
  • Accepts legal responsibilities inherent in actions by exercising judgment and practicing within guidelines allowed.
  • Takes call as assigned.
  • Participates in clinic activities: Attends unit and Medical Center staff meetings/inservices, is responsible for reading and comprehending all posted minutes and memos.
  • Participates on committees/Shared Decision Making councils as delegated or elected.
  • Participates in hospital performance improvement activities as assigned.
  • Scrubs 2 of 10 major specialties: robotics, complex spine, ophthalmology including retinal surgery, total joints, bariatric/advanced laparoscopic, GYN, endovascular, cardio-thoracic, neuro, burns/reconstructive plastic/complex ENT independently.
  • Maintains current level by providing 1 inservice annually, or is a super user for new product/device or other activity submitted for approval by manager.
  • Maintains current level by obtaining 7 CEU's per year.

Department Specific Competencies

Education

DegreeProgram
N/AN/A
Additional Information
Graduate from a school of Surgical Technology OR Military training for Surgical Tech OR 2 years acute care experience as a Surgical Tech

Experience

Number of Years ExperienceType of Experience
N/A
Additional Information
2 years acute care experience as a Surgical Tech OR graduate from a school of Surgical Technology OR Military training for Surgical Tech. Four letters of recommendation from peers (two selected by employee and two selected by the manager/designee)

License / Certification Requirements