Surgical Technologist

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Westerly, RI
Jan 31, 2019


Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

High level of manual dexterity and visual concentration to pass instruments and observe sterile techniques. Performs a variety of functions in the OR to assist the surgical team. Knowledge of anatomy & physiology and knowledge of OR equipment.
Supervises No supervisory responsibilities Approx. # of direct reports _____
Approx. # of indirect reports _____
Age of Patient Populations Served (check all that apply)
Neonates 1 ? 30 days Infants 30 days ? 1yr. Children 1 ? 12 yrs.
Adolescents 13 ? 18 yrs. Adults 19 ? 70 yrs. Geriatrics 70+ No patient contact

  • 1. Clinical Competence in Patient Care
  • 1.1 Complies with patient issues as defined by DNV/ISO standards..
  • 1.2 Reports pertinent clinical data to the physician or Circulator.
  • 1.3 Actively participates during the Time Out, as defined in the Universal Protocol.
  • 1.4 Prepares equipment and supplies for use in the surgical procedures.
  • 1.5 Scrub, gown and glove self and other team members according to policy.
  • 1.6 Count sponges, needles and instruments with the RN Circulator according to established procedures.
  • 1.7 Handle instruments and supplies correctly and ensure their proper functioning when passing to surgeon and/or surgical assistant.
  • 1.8 Anticipate surgeon?s needs to request additional items from RN Circulator in sufficient time for team?s use.
  • 1.9 Label all solutions/medications as they are added to the sterile field.
  • 1.10 Assist with sterile table and room preparation and checks case card before case to ensure everything is there.
  • 1.11 Assists with clean up following the case, with removal of contaminated material, sharps and needles and doesn?t leave any of the before mentioned on instruments going to central for decontamination.
  • 1.12 Update Surgeon?s Preference Cards as indicated or informs the circulator for editing.
  • 1.13 Direct and assist with between case clean up and proceed with preparation for the next case.
  • 1.14 Utilize effective and efficient methods of administering care, equipment and supplies.
  • 1.15 Carefully opens sterile supplies onto the surgical field without contamination.
  • 1.16 Has all supplies ready in the room, but not open until needed.
  • 1.17 Makes recommendations at staff meetings of more practical application resources.
  • 1.18 Reduces cost by not breaking scrub unnecessarily.
  • 2. Professional Behavior + Growth
  • 2.1 Attends in-service training as required to maintain competency in OR specialty.
  • 2.2 Makes effective use of educational materials, i.e., policy and procedure manuals, standards of care manuals, equipment manuals and procedure outlines.
  • 2.3 Attends one conference per year, approved by Nurse Manager and within budget constraints.
  • 2.4 Maintains BLS and completes Safety Manual and on line mandatory education competencies on a yearly basis.
  • 2.5 Keeps current on unit changes by attending a minimum of six staff meetings per year and reviews the minutes from the missed meetings that are sent online to their Hospital e-mail.
  • 2.6 When involved in surgical specialties, take charge of care and inventory of all instruments and special equipment.
  • 2.7 Assists surgeon on minor operations when a second surgeon is not needed. In emergency surgery situations, acts as first assistant at the request of the surgeon and okays by the Nurse Manager.
  • 3. Fosters Employee Collaboration and Teamwork
  • 3.1 Recognizes and values the contributions of fellow employees and displays cooperation and teamwork.
  • 3.2 Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to adapt to organizational and departmental needs.
  • 3.3 Identifies ways to improve work environment and give potential solutions when problems are indentified.
  • 3.4 Supervises + directs non clinical + technical staff involved in patient care.
  • 4. Identifies and Contributes to Performance Improvement Opportunities
  • 4.1 Participates in performance improvement initiatives, identifying opportunities for improvement, looking at best practices.
  • 4.2 Recommends nursing strategies based on evidence based practices to the director.
  • 4.3 Collaborates with other members of the patient care team to evaluate patient outcomes and determine alternatives for care.
  • 5. Appropriately Utilizes Resources
  • 5.1 Reports to work on time, prepared to work and follow hospital policies for notice of lateness/absenteeism and time off requests.
  • 5.2 Prioritizes responsibilities appropriately and completes tasks within assigned time frames. Readily accepts assignments.
  • 5.3 Uses and respects resources as if it were their own. Exercises good judgment in supply usage.
  • 5.4 Take initiative to use down time productively.
  • 5.5 Takes initiative to keep informed and updated on department and hospital information by attending staff meetings, checking e-mails, and department postings.
  • 6. Supports Activities for Exceptional Customer Service
  • 6.1 Demonstrates a high level of respect, dignity compassion and professionalism for all customers by utilizing the four tenets of Patient Family and Centered Partnership.
  • 6.2 Responds to customer?s issues/requests in a clear, concise, and timely manner utilizing active listening skills and validating information.
  • 6.3 Promotes positive intradepartmental and interdepartmental relationships.
  • 6.4 Maintains confidentiality with respect to patient, co-worker and hospital information by disclosing information only on a ?need to know basis? and discussing information in appropriate areas. Follows HIPPA guidelines in all communications regarding patients.
  • 7. McKesson / Paragon Applications
  • 7.1 Logs into ORM to print case cards for up coming cases and knows how to do so when on call.

    Other information:


    (Certification) AST certification or certification eligible within one year.


    Completion of an accredited surgical tech program or previous OR experience.


    BLS Current certification is required. AST Certification w/in one year of hire.



    Direct contact with patients under anesthesia and patients during pre-op and post-op rounds. Standing and walking most of the day. Assist in lifting patients on and off OR tables, carrying and lifting heavy instrument trays. Potential exposure to cytotoxic agents, blood and bodily fluids, radiation and infectious diseases.



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    Job Info

    Job: 121

    Department: Operating Room
    Category: Technologist/tech
    Sub Category: SURG TECH/PERIOP
    Status: Per Diem
    Shift: AS NEEDED
    Hours: 0.00