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Surgical Technologist (Full Time)
Nursing and Nursing Administration
The Surgical Technologist must be able to provide patients with the care and support they need prior to, during, and after surgery. This position will work closely with all OR staff including but not limited to the surgeon(s), scrub RN, circulating RN, CRNA, and the sterile processing technician. The position’s tasks are subject to frequent change, so candidate must be willing to adjust direction rapidly. Must be willing to take scrub call. The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field. The surgical technologist assisting in circulating obtains additional instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary while the surgical procedure is in progress. He/she monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team. Knowledge and competencies in Sterile Processing are also required.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent. Graduate of Surgical Technologist training from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited program.
- Current Washington State Surgical Technologist Registration; Certification as Surgical Technologist preferred or obtained within 1 year.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification or must be obtained within 30 days of hire through American Heart Association (AHA)
- Preferred One (1) year scrub experience in acute care hospital or outpatient service area
Primary job responsibilities:
- Checks patient’s chart, identifies patient, verifies surgery to be performed with consent forms.
- Checks supplies, and equipment needed for surgical procedure. Obtains appropriate sterile and unsterile items needed for procedure
- Assist the RN with transferring patient to operating room and positioning on table
- Assesses comfort and safety measures and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient
Donning appropriate PPE, performs surgical scrub, and gowning and gloving
Opens sterile supplies and sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure. Anticipates additional supplies needed during the procedure.
- Performs initial count of instruments, sharps and sponges with circulator prior to the operation and before incision is closed
- Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants
- Positions patient, using appropriate equipment. Assist with draping the patient and establishing the sterile field. Applies electrosurgical grounding pad.
- Participates In the surgical site and patient verification during the Time Out procedure.
- Passes instruments, etc., to surgeon during procedure
- Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure
- Prepares sterile dressings
- Properly prepares and processes specimens.
- Helps transport patient to recovery room.
- Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization
- Assists other members of team with cleaning of room and preparing for next patient.
- Updates and keeps accurate records of the physicians preferences.
Standard for portrayal of mission and values:
- Employee demonstrates and fosters the Lewis County Hospital District No. 1 core values of - One team, on Mission. Go out of your way, to brighten someone's day. Own it, embrace it. Care like crazy. Motivate, elevate, appreciate. Know the way, show the way, ease the way. Find joy along the way.
- Employee demonstrates and fosters the mission of Lewis County Hospital District No. 1 to foster trust and nurture a healthy community.
- Is cooperative and supportive to others within the department and hospital providing care and services.
- Treats individuals including patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patient families, physicians, volunteers, visitors and others with respect, dignity and fairness.
- Behaves professionally and ethically in all interactions with patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patients' families, physicians volunteers, and others.
- Is consistently courteous to patients, co-workers, supervisors, management, patient’s families, physicians, volunteers and others; greets individuals and provides assistance and direction in an attentive and helpful manner.
- Willingly strives at continuous quality improvement to achieve quality work the first time every time.
- Is willing to learn new procedures and develop new skills for the purpose of improving quality of care and services.
- Willingly participates as a member of work team(s) supporting the goals and objectives of the department and the district.
- When answering the telephone, is courteous to caller, clearly identifies department, name and takes a message or directs calls as necessary in a helpful manner.
Open until filled