Through the direct supervision of the professional nursing staff, assists in the care of patients undergoing surgical intervention and assists in the care, preparation, and maintenance of sterile and unsterile supplies and equipment. The Surgical Technologist acts as a primary scrub person who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure; anticipates the needs of the surgeon; has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure; has an understanding of procedures being performed; is consistently on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field; sometimes acts as an unsterile member of the surgical team, obtaining instruments, supplies and equipment while the surgical procedure is in progress.
MISSION & VISION
Mission: To enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the communities we serve as the community's provider of outstanding quality, superior value and comprehensive health care services.
Vision: Our vision is to achieve:
Innovative health care and well-being services of the highest quality at the greatest value
Easy access and convenience
Outstanding patient experiences
Ongoing education involving physicians, patients and the community
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills, and abilities as indicated below are normally acquired through the successful completion of a recognized school of surgical technology (based on State regulations effective July 1, 2009). Preference will be given to graduates. Must maintain 15 hours of continuing education annually. Must obtain Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS/CPR) within 3 months of hire. No previous experience is required. If training occurred as on the job training, minimum 2 years, preferably 5 years, experience working as a surgical technologist required. Preferred membership in professional association. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS/CPR) within 3 months of hire.
Knowledge & Skills
Familiarity in the use and maintenance of surgical instruments and supplies.
Thorough knowledge of surgical techniques used in routine and emergency procedures.
Working knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy and physiology.
Thorough knowledge of asepsis and sterile technique.
Thorough knowledge of preparation, including sterilization of surgical supplies and equipment.
Must be able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.
Be able to communicate with customers (patients) and co-workers in a pleasant manner.
Be a team player and self-motivated to complete required tasks.
Complies with hospital expectations regarding ethical behavior and standards of conduct.
Complies with federal and hospital regulations regarding protected health information and patient privacy.
Attendance at one annual orientation in service each year to review hospital policies and procedures is mandatory or view staff orientation presentation on the intranet and turn in quiz to Human Resources.
Must be able to deal with moderate to high levels of stress due to demands of the surgical team, the critical nature of some procedures, and fast paced unit.
May work long hours without break during busy times.
Available to work additional shifts or call.
At risk for occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens and body fluids, exposure to trace gases, laser plume, laser burns, Methyl Methacrylate, and potential radiation exposure as well as hazard from electrical equipment.
Able to stand for long periods of time, sometimes in awkward positions due to the length and nature of surgical procedures.
Prolonged periods of walking and stooping.
Lifting, pulling, and moving carts, boxes and equipment.