Gritman Medical Center

  • Surgical Tech II

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    Gritman Medical Center
    Full Time
  • Overview

    JOB STATEMENT: Under the supervision of a Perioperative Registered Nurse, performs routine surgical tasks of moderate difficulty. Demonstrates a firm knowledge of sterile technique, surgical principles, and instrumentation. May be involved with care/service to patients over the continuum of the life span. Adheres to AST standards of Practice.






    Education and Experience:

    Surgical Tech II: Graduate of a formal operating room technician/training course and current certification preferred. Six months’ experience in the operating room is recommended.

    Surgical Tech I: Graduate of a formal operating room technician/training does not have current certification. Six months’ experience in the operating room is recommended.


    Licensure: Certified Operating Room Technicians must keep their certification current.


    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Firm knowledge and application of aseptic technique, surgical principles, procedures, and instrumentation. Demonstrates understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, and bacteriology. Ability to organize work, maintain good interpersonal relationships, function under stress, and to work under supervision. Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and the ability to assess data reflective of the patient’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify the needs of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and geriatric patients. This knowledge and skills may be acquired through education, training, and experience. Bases knowledge on evidence and standards based practice



    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Requires frequent standing, walking, and bending. Frequent lifting of instruments, equipment, supplies and patients (up to 40 pounds). NOTE: On occasion, individuals may be required to lift weight in excess of 40 pounds. Individuals who may lift greater than or equal to 40 pounds will be encouraged to use available back support systems, correct body mechanics and all equipment/personnel available to prevent back injury. Occasionally requires working long hours without rest on emergency call.




    Resource Planning & Surgical Preparation:

    1. Assists circulating nurse with patient care.
    2. Gathers case cart, equipment, etc., for each surgery.
    3. Wipes down the operating room furniture and spotlights prior to the first surgery of the day as required.
    4. Prepares the operating room and surgical instruments for surgery.
    5. Performs sharps, sponge, and instrument counts with the circulating nurse, according to policy
    6. Orders and restock supplies in assigned areas.
    7. Practices proper aseptic techniques.
    8. Assists circulating nurse with identification and proper care of all specimens., logs specimens into GIS in Pathology office.
    9. Has age specific knowledge and understanding of standard surgical equipment (i.e., tourniquet, spotlight, suction, cautery, etc.)
    10. Participates in orientation of new personnel and students.
    11. Assumes additional work responsibilities to help meet department needs (i.e., call)
    12. Follows all hospital and department safety regulations.
    13. Follows personnel guidelines in regards to attendance, punctuality, earned leave, and leaving facility for personal business during scheduled work hours.
    14. Cooperates with the risk management/nursing Continuous Quality Improvement in preparing reports and follow-up plans.

    Financial Responsibility:

    1. Uses supplies economically.
    2. Assists with identification of worn or damaged surgical equipment.


    Surgery Department Mission:


    Interacts with courtesy and respect with patients, visitors, and staff members.


    Performance Improvement:


    1. Maintains current knowledge of professional techniques and practices through continuing education. (Association of Surgical Technologists).
    2. Actively participates in unit meetings and educational programs involving nursing care.
    3. Able to search MSDS on line
    4. Knowledgeable of location of hospital and department policies and all hospital/department policies and procedures pertaining to the operating room department.


    Other Responsibilities:


    1. Values Behaviors: It is essential that all employees are able to support the values of Gritman Medical Centers Surgery Department. Each person is expected to interact effectively with physicians, patients, visitors, and staff, as well as demonstrate a commitment to service, hospital values, and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
    2. Reverence – Create a workplace that fosters community and respects the inherent dignity of every person. Create a workplace that promotes employee participation and ensures safety and well-being.
    3. Integrity – Exercise good faith and honesty in all dealings and transactions. Avoid conflicts of interest and /or the appearance of conflicts of interest. Provide accurate and truthful information in all transactions.
    4. Compassion – Exercise responsible stewardship of both human and financial resources. Maintain and protects the confidentiality of patient, employee, and organizational information.
    5. Excellence – Maintain a high level of knowledge, skill and practices according to evidenced/standards based practice.

    Must be open to additional responsibilities as required by Department Director, or designated individual.



    Age Specific Population Served:


    Must be, through training and experience, able to appropriately provide treatments to the following patients:

     Neonatal (0-28 days)        Infant (28 days-1 yr.)      Pediatric (1-12 yrs.)

     Adolescent                        Adult                                 Geriatric 



    WORKING CONDITIONS: Works indoors in heated/air conditioned surgical suite. Normal working hours are Monday through Friday, day shift. May be required, on occasion, to work other shifts or function in other roles to facilitate department needs. Exposure to diseases and disease-producing organisms, possible caustic gases or chemicals and radiation (Category I). Requires sharing of call duty in accordance to Operating Room policy.



    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Nothing in this document is intended to exclude the opportunity for modifications or adjustment to the job or the manner of performing it consistent with the requirement to provide reasonable accommodation to the disabled. With or without accommodation, the essential functions must be performed. Employees unable to accomplish any functions may request reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.




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