Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 9/18/2023
Job Type: Full Time
Department: 0101.50350 SEH Operating Room

Lead Orthopedic Surgical Tech- full-time, day shift, 36 hrs/wk, 3 12-hr shifts 7a-7:30p, BLS required.

We are fighting for a healthier world and a new era of wellness!

Nearly a decade ago, we set out to build an entirely different kind of health care company from the ground up—one that unlocks access to affordable, high-quality, and economically sustainable care and wellness in ways never imagined. Today, we are one of the largest private, physician-led health care networks—caring for millions of people across the U.S. Our transformative, fully integrated model represents a new beginning for America’s health care system and others around the world.

We have hospitals across 7 states serving over 800 communities, with more than 43,000 employees. We are ushering in a new day of world class health care. From renowned pediatricians, sports medicine specialists and cardiac surgeons to state-of-the-art hospitals, urgent care centers and medical practices, we can offer easier access to high-quality affordable health care to people nationwide — when they need it and where they want it.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Boston University Teaching Hospital, provides patients and families access to some of Boston’s most respected physicians and advanced treatments offering specialized care, including:

  • Advanced Center for Cardiac Surgery
  • da Vinci® Robotic surgery program; Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Award-winning bariatric surgery program
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • State-of-the-art emergency care with short wait times

Our medical staff, made up of some of the highest rated physicians in Boston, treats patients in our community practices in neighborhoods, including Allston, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Weston.


  • Grow with a health system that supports career advancement
  • Competitive Pay & Salary Increases
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Locations close to home, that support work-life balance
  • Affordable Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • 401k via Fidelity, for eligible employees, with company match
  • Tuition Assistance / Reimbursement
  • Family atmosphere and team approach that provides flexibility
  • Opportunities to grow your career, and not change your employer
  • And much more!

Job Summary –

The Lead Surgical Technician demonstrates advanced knowledge, skills, and understanding of the unique aspects of surgical procedures and equipment. The Lead Surgical Technician demonstrates competency scrubbing and assisting on service line procedures. The Lead role may rotate to areas other than his/her assigned specialty and will perform those duties for which he/she has demonstrated competency. The Lead surgical technician will assume responsibility and accountability for the preparation of the service line OR rooms for surgery. Maintains all equipment in proper working order, tracks repairs, and ensures availability.

The Surgical Technician lead is a resource to other OR support staff and may assist with direct or indirect OR activities. The Lead Surgical technician must be able to perform skills to the standards of care that AST defines as quality of care accuracy and efficiency. The Lead must be able to work independently and fully understand all facets associated with the responsibilities of a leader with the ability to make adjustments in priorities on a case by case basis to produce quality care for patients undergoing surgery at SEMC. The Lead must be familiar with the standards set by AST and AAMI. Standards/Recommendations. The Surgical Technician lead practices within the Philosophy and Mission of SEMC.


Minimum Education/Experience:â¯

  • The surgical technician successfully completes an approved surgical technician program or equivalent and is certified or grandfathered in as per Massachusetts law.
  • 3 years of surgical tech experience required.
  • Certification in specialty is preferred.
  • Prefer robotic experience with Makoplasty.

Minimum skills/abilities:

  • Proven ability to synthesize and analyze complex situations and respond appropriately.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • NBSTSA required or grandfathered in as per Massachusetts law.
  • BLS Required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Consistently creates, maintains, and monitors a sterile field.
  • Drapes with sterile technique in accordance with the surgeon preference.
  • Adheres to standard precautions and the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Familiar with equipment, instrumentation and supplies for basic procedures.
  • Anticipates the needs of the surgical team before, during, and after the procedure.
  • Possesses in depth knowledge of one specialty service.
  • Reviews preference cards and prepares accordingly for assigned procedures.
  • Accountable for cost-effective practice in regard to equipment and supplies.
  • Identifies, and properly handles specimens for processing.
  • Counts instruments, sharps, and sponges, before, during, and after procedures.
  • Cleans and prepares instruments for reprocessing/sterilization.
  • Familiar with the methods of sterilization: Steam, Steris, flash, ETO.
  • Properly transfers, stores, and labels all medications on the field under the supervision of the circulating RN.
  • Reacts appropriately in emergency patient situations by remaining scrubbed or performing as directed by the RN.
  • Safeguards patient information and maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Collaborates with the surgical team in the implementation of the plan of care for each patient.
  • Recognizes and reports situations which impact patient safety.
  • Participates in indirect patient care activities such as cart stocking, case cart completion etc.
  • Facilitates efficient turnovers.
  • Participates in mandatory annual training and scheduled in-services.
  • Complies with policies and procedures of the Medical Center.
  • Identifies individual self learning needs and works with perioperative educator to seek appropriate experiences.
  • Serves as a role model for professional perioperative practice in the Operating Room.
  • Takes call and proficiently scrubs for all surgical specialties.
  • Assumes responsibility for precepting newer staff/students to the scrub role in basic in service line specialty.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Operative Services or designee to identify learning needs of oriente staff and assists with opportunities for teaching/learning programs, assists with competency based practice.
  • Responsible for streamlining trays, dry goods and the set-up and breakdown of surgical cases.
  • Serves as a resource for surgical case bookings related to service line.
  • Demonstrates ability to operate and trouble-shoot a variety of equipment used in the surgical suite.
  • Assists the Perioperative Nursing Educator by developing orientation checklists, participating in annual skills day, etc.
  • Prepares and conducts technical education sessions for all levels of perioperative personnel for service line in conjunction with Perioperative Educator and RNs.
  • Leads associates with regard to work assignments, work area standards of quality care.
  • Participates on equipment trials ensuring no charge purchase orders are obtained and collects and collates evaluations from users.
  • Participates in the Capital development for the service line.
  • Ensures that proper Radiation Safety protection is being practiced and exercised according to standard.
  • Participates in hospital or unit based performance improvement activities.
  • Serves as a resource for the Joint Commission Accreditation.
  • Assists in developing new services as needed for hospital and service growth.

Steward Health Care is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Steward Health Care does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other non-job-related characteristic.

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