SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST - Duke Raleigh Surg. Center - Full Time Mon-Fri
Duke University Health System
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Internal Number: 176436
Duke Raleigh Hospital offers the latest in care and technology in a patient-friendly setting. It has been an important part of Duke Health since 1998 and has served Wake County for more than 35 years, employing more than 2,000 team members. The hospital provides 186 inpatient beds and a comprehensive array of services, including the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center, Duke Raleigh Orthopedic and Spine Center, cardiovascular services, neurosciences including the Duke Raleigh Skull Base and Cerebrovascular Center, advanced digestive care, disease management, and prevention, wound healing, outpatient imaging, intensive and progressive care, pain clinic, same-day surgery, emergency department and community outreach and education programs.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Raleigh Hospital as high performing in orthopedics and five adult procedures/conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, and stroke.
Work Schedule - Full-Time Days = 40 hours per week Monday - Friday. NO WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS!
Surgical Tech - General Description of the Job Class
Surgical Technologists (ST) are allied health professionals who assist in the preparation and care of surgical patients ranging from infancy to geriatrics under the general direction of a professional nurse. The ST possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile aseptic techniques and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a surgeon???s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
The ST who has a dual function in the operating room and the ambulatory setting demonstrates competency in the care of surgical patients preoperatively and postoperatively in the ambulatory surgical clinic setting.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
New graduate with up to 18 months of full-time equivalent experience.
Perform all responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates Service Excellence towards patients, physicians, peers, and other departments. Assume responsibility for upholding the policies and procedures of the department and organization.
Demonstrates eagerness to learn, takes direction, adapts to changes within the unit, demonstrates consistent progress toward Level II.
Establishes and maintains sterile field and assures team maintains sterile environment. Demonstrate and practice a good understanding of sterile techniques.
Has basic knowledge of instrumentations. Prepare Operating Room with appropriate instrumentation, equipment, and supplies.
Demonstrates correct and safe instrumentation passing and performs sponge, needle, and instrument count in a safe and accurate manner.
Maintain technical skills to serve a patient population comprised of infancy to geriatric clients.
Take calls and rotate shifts as required under the direction of a registered nurse.
For Surgical Technologists with a dual role in an ambulatory environment, additional responsibilities may include: prepare patients for examinations and procedures in the surgical clinic setting; assisting the physician during patient examination and procedures in the clinic; collecting and labeling laboratory specimens for processing; reinforcing postoperative instructions under the direction of physician or RN; assist with incoming and outgoing patient calls under supervision of physician or RN; remove sutures/ staples, change sterile and non-sterile dressings, following DUHS policies and procedures, under the direction of RN or physician; perform other clinical functions as delegated and supervised by the RN or physician; schedule and post-surgical cases; coordinate complex scheduling of cases which require additional surgical support; update and file patient medical records.
Must advance to level II within 18 months.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
Perform all the duties and responsibilities of Level I, plus the following:
Assist with the teaching of newly hired technologists and student technologists.
Serve as a role model to new employees and other staff members.
Establish and maintain sterile field and assure team maintains sterile environment independently.
Anticipate the needs of the surgical team.
Apply basic knowledge of instrumentations to several cases.
Demonstrate appropriate and correct case preparation.
Competent at the unit level.
Corrects deficiencies at the case level.
Communicate effectively with patients, staff members, and physicians.
Adherence to standards including but not limited to the unit and hospital policies and procedures, regulatory standards, and patient safety goals.
Assume responsibility for self and ensure that the policies, procedures, and safety practices of the Operating Room and Hospital are reinforced.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology program or the successful completion of the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification exam.
Level I- Entry level position for new graduates of Surgical Technology program or Surgical Technologists with 0 to 18 months experience.
Level II- Requires 6 to 12 months of full-time equivalent Surgical Technology or relevant military experience.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
Level I- N/A
Level II- N/A
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to adapt to changes within the unit.
Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure in a stressful environment, and often without relief.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy relating to the surgical procedure and the instrumentation required in order to effectively anticipate the needs of the surgeon.
Ability to set priorities and respond appropriately to actual and/or potentially life-threatening situations.
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions
Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.