Surgical Technologist

Responsible for the provision of patient care activities and related non-professional services necessary for the care of patients and the maintenance of the Operating Room under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Sets up Operating Room with needed items for patient care; gathers supplies, x-rays, instruments, etc., for cases; handles instruments during procedures. Communicates information to the RN regarding patients.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Practices and implements the technical components of patient care under the supervision of a RN.
  • Collaborates with the RN and other healthcare professionals. to implement a plan of care that incorporates physician preferences, nursing assessments and diagnostic data in a manner that is prioritized, timely, and integrated with the plan of care.
  • Prepares equipment, supply and resource needs based on an individualized plan of care.  Re-evaluates and modifies resource needs as needed.
  • Communicates accurate and timely information to the Registered Nurse regarding patients in their care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to perform all aspects of a variety of surgical procedures.  Maintains knowledge and skills to properly operate all surgical equipment and instruments.  Utilizes appropriate aseptic technique when handling supplies, instruments, and equipment.
  • Follows laboratory policy and procedure to correctly handle and label all laboratory specimens.
  • Documents quality controls thoroughly and accurately according to unit specific standards.
  • Demonstrates competence in problem solving, conflict resolution, and team building.  Serves as a resource to other team members.
  • Organizes and utilizes time efficiently.  Demonstrates appropriate prioritization.  Maintains an organized work environment.
  • Works in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION

  • High school graduate or equivalent

EXPERIENCE

  • Either prior OR experience or graduation from an approved surgical technician program

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Constant use of vision to judge distances and spatial relationships and to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Constant use of hearing to receive oral communication, distinguish body sounds and/or hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.
  • Constant lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.
  • Constant standing and walking.
  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.
  • Frequent lifting/moving patients.
  • Frequent bending, stooping, reaching and gripping.
  • Frequent use of clear vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Frequent use of speech to share information through oral communication.
  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing over 50 lbs.
  • Occasional use of clear vision at 20 feet or more.
  • Occasional use of sitting, squatting, twisting and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.
  • Occasional keyboard use/data entry.
  • Rare kneeling.

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