Since 1969, OCR has been local and physician-owned with strong ties to the community. With talented, hardworking, and friendly staff, we work toward the common goal of serving residents of CO, WY, and NE with specialty-focused care. We are experiencing tremendous growth and are adding talented people in all of our locations!
The Surgical Technologist/Certified Surgical Technologist assists in patient care activities under the direction of a Registered Nurse and according to the policies and procedures of the department. The trained technologist is assigned scrub duties, instrument processing/sterilization duties and specific patient care duties in relation to the complexity of the patient's condition.
Employees must abide by all applicable accrediting body requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the education and experience identified below and be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily, either with or without a reasonable accommodation. The below is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job and is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Proficiently scrubs cases in assigned OR suite; assists surgical team during operative procedures.
- Adheres to aseptic practices; monitors and maintains sterile field.
- Gathers sterile supplies for scheduled procedures; ensures that adequate instruments are available for each case.
- Counts sponges and needles on every case with the Registered Nurse (RN) circulator.
- Assists circulating RN in positioning patient, prepping patient, opening sterile supplies, and setting up equipment when not scrubbing a case or as needed.
- Assists OR staff in moving the anesthetized patient from OR bed to gurney.
- Assists OR staff with room turnover post procedure including reprocessing instruments, mopping floor, wiping/disinfecting equipment, etc.
- Assists instrument technician with disinfecting, cleaning, wrapping/packaging, sterilizing, and storing all used instruments at the end of each day; exercises care in cleaning and maintaining all surgical instruments.
- Follows policies for infection control in handling and disposing of infectious/hazardous waste materials.
- Creates and updates preference cards for each physician for each type of procedure he/she performs.
- Brings broken/malfunctioning equipment and instruments to OR manager for repair or replacement.
- Assists in restocking OR suites at the end of each day; assists with re-sterilizing outdated supplies; assists with thorough cleaning of OR storage cabinets and supply room.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
- Completion of a recognized surgical technologist training program, required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with processing/sterilizing surgical instruments.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Surgical Technologist certification through National Board of Surgical Technology, required within 90 days of employment.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
- Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
- Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
- Organization Skills – Establishes and prioritizes tasks in order to manage time and resources appropriately; identifies and/or assigns resources to meet objectives in timely manner; establishes goals and objectives that align with the needs/targets set by their department; reports on results to promote accountability and takes action as appropriate.
- Oral and Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information, ability to communicate with clients or customers.
- Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
- Confidentiality - Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. Adheres to HIPAA guidelines.
Independence of Action
Work is closely monitored by supervisor/manager; detailed instructions and procedures are generally provided.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
(The phrases “occasionally”, “regularly”, and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to one-third of working time, “regularly” means between half and two-thirds of working time, and “frequently” means two-thirds and more of working time.)
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and frequently uses hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls up to 12 hours per day. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear up to 12 hours per day. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl up to 12 hours a day.
- The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and should do so in a sound and safe manner. The employee will occasionally assist patients in turning (170 lb average); will occasionally assist patient in arising from exam table; will occasionally push wheelchair patients; and occasionally assists patients in arising from and returning to wheelchair or bed.
Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.
*Benefit eligibility is dependent on employment status, and a waiting period may apply.
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. OCR is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual experience and qualifications, without regard to a person's race, color, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other protected status.