| Responsibilities include assisting the professional staff of the OR, preparing the surgical area and sterile supplies, and assisting in all phases of the surgical procedure. Must be punctual, possess excellent communication skills and be a team player. Full time position working 40 hours per week. |
DEFINITION: Under the supervision of the Director of Nursing, the Surgical Technologist is a person specifically trained to assist the professional staff of the OR in the delivery of optimum quality care to the patients.
JOB SPECIFIC STANDARDS •Assist the circulating nurse and other team members in obtaining the equipment and supplies for the scheduled procedure. •Assists the circulating nurse and other team members in preparing the surgical suite for the day’s procedures. •Assists with the opening of sterile supplies using appropriate aseptic technique for the assigned procedures. •Scrubs for the procedure using aseptic techniques and in compliance with all departmental and surgery center policies and procedures. •Demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills of the special needs for various age groups including infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric when selecting resources and scrubbing for the surgical procedures. Demonstrates knowledge and skills in providing patient care within their skill level for patients of all states of development. •Prepares sterile instrument table(s), checking instruments and supplies for cleanliness and proper function. •Completes correct site surgery procedure following surgery center policies and procedures. •Checks that all needed instruments and supplies are available, the sets to be used are complete with no necessary items missing prior to the incision. •Creates and maintains an aseptic surgical environment throughout the intraoperative process. •Assists the surgeon(s) and other surgical team members with all phases of the surgical procedure. •Applies knowledge of surgical procedures to anticipate the needs of the surgeon(s) throughout the intraoperative phase. •Performs surgical counts and labels medications in compliance with departmental policies and procedures. •Demonstrates competency to operate all specialty instruments, supplies and equipment unique to the Operating Room for all types of surgical procedures. •Ensures that the specimen(s) obtained during the course of the procedure are handled according to policies and procedures. •Cleans and returns to the proper location specialty instruments and equipment used during the day’s cases prior to the end of the shift. •Assists with the cleaning of the Operating Room between cases and after the last care of the day. •Performs activities in a timely manner so as not to cause delays, inconvenience or confusion within the work group. •Takes the initiative to maintain a current, basic level of proficiency for all types of surgical procedures performed in this operating room. •Assists the circulating nurse during major surgical procedures with activities appropriate to their skill level. •Actively participates as a team member. •Decontaminates, inspects and prepares for terminal sterilization instruments used during surgical procedures. •Meets goals set during previous evaluation within the time frame designated. •Flexible with the staffing needs of Crosstown Surgery Center.
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION •Respects patients’ rights, including privacy and confidentiality. •Wears nametag at all times for identification. •Practices and supports the mission and values of organization and department •Serves internal and external customers in a timely, courteous and respectful manner. •Problem solves and addresses patient complaints. •Identifies ethical issues and seeks resolution. •Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural or ethnic diversity of customers and colleagues.
TEAMWORK •Works collaboratively with others to accomplish goal/task. •Participates in department/team meetings. •Offers and accepts constructive criticism. •Encourages and supports others. •Fosters the developmental and educational process of self, colleagues, orients and students (includes functioning as a preceptor). •Shares with peers knowledge gained through continuing education. •Contributes personally to the “team oriented” environment by demonstrating cooperative, constructive, problem-solving interaction with all Surgery Center employees.
PRODUCTIVITY ACHIEVEMENT •Sets goals for work tasks and effectively meets goals. •Pursues activities to enhance personal and professional growth. (Includes meeting departmental continuing education requirements.) •Meets productivity standards. •Demonstrates fiscal accountability. •Is organized, efficient and effective. •Is reliable, dependable and flexible in order to meet patient and department needs. •Assists in managing controllable costs by the proper, nonwasteful use of Surgery Center resources.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT •Demonstrates personal conviction to this position. Participates in fostering appropriate career skill and development. •Participates in evaluation process as scheduled. Will be evaluated by the Director of Nursing annually. •Participates in acceptable continuing education, fostering career and skill development. •Pursues activities to enhance personal and professional growth. (Includes meeting departmental continuing education requirements.) •Fosters the developmental and educational process of self, colleagues, orients and students (includes functioning as a preceptor). •Shares with peers knowledge gained through continuing education. •Actively participates in QI projects. Contributes ideas for improvement. Identifies issues & assists in collection of data for QI plan. Communicates quality improvement findings with peers and incorporates findings into practice to promote positive outcomes
ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS – TCO’S CORE VALUES •Integrity – Do the right thing and take responsibility for what you do and say •Service – Consistently contribute to deliver an exceptional experience •Quality – Act with high purpose, committed effort, and skillful execution to exceed expectations •Innovation – Identify progressive solutions that improve service, teamwork, efficiency, and/or effectiveness •Teamwork – Be a part of the whole; support each other positively