Assists the nurse in giving nursing care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. Assists surgeon during operative and invasive procedures. Ensures operating suite is adequately prepared for procedure. Monitors PAR level of all surgical instruments and supplies. Participates in departmental staff meetings and performance improvement activities. Acts as patient advocate while promoting teamwork with physicians and other personnel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Interacts professionally with patient
Provides patient with explanations and verbal reassurance, as necessary.
Notifies appropriate licensed personnel when patient complains of pain.
Adapts procedures to meet individual needs of neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients for treatment.
Prepares room in a timely manner with all anticipated instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment for each individual surgical procedure.
Demonstrates competence in care of specimens and accurately handles specimens at all times.
Assists in positioning, prepping and draping of patients for surgical procedures.
Accurately completes operating room counts (instruments, sponges, needles) according to Benefis Policy and Procedure.
Carries out medical/surgical asepsis during treatments/procedures.
Maintains safe environment for patient, co-workers and self, per hospital policies and procedures.
Checks all equipment/instruments needed, prior to each procedure to ensure proper functioning.
Protects patient's sensitivities and right to privacy; closely observes patient with minimal disturbance.
Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.
Follows aseptic technique, when opening sterile supplies and setting up procedures.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Sets up, scrubs and prepares for procedures prior to scheduled time, unless otherwise directed by Circulating RN or Nurse Manager.
Performs services requiring technical or manual skills under the direction of Circulating RN.
Always maintains an orderly and sterile instrument table for the purpose of efficiency; follows department standard set up.
Anticipates needs of surgeon during intraoperative phase.
Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after last case; restocks supplies, when necessary and organizes effectively for end-of-case clean up.
Is fully responsible for care of instruments/equipment during intraoperative and immediate postoperative phase, being fiscally responsible by preventing damage and loss of instrumentation.
Follows written procedures for steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and biological monitoring.
Consults with other staff members, when in question or unfamiliar with equipment or procedure.
Regularly collaborates with other members of the nursing team, in order to maintain equipment and supplies for surgical procedures. As changes occur, communicates changes in procedures to co-workers by updating Physician Preference Cards. Actively participates in Supply Management Processes.
Completes documentation within shift and meets current standards, policies and procedures.
Establishes and maintains effective communication and good working relationship with co-workers for patient's benefit.
Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts and good judgment within the Operating Room Technologist's scope of practice.
Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of assigned case and instruments and/or trays to be pulled for the procedure.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Completes one in- service a year.
Attends annual review and department in-services, as schedulded.
Mentors and Precepts new staff and surgical technologist students.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting Joint Commission, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
Minimum High School diploma or equivalent.
Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technologist Program, required.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ a...nd ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.
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