Job Description

Location: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Posted Date: 10/28/2022

Surgical Tech Orthopedic Lead – Operating Room – 36 hrs/wk (Days) | Weekends & Holidays | BLS Required | NBSTSA required or grandfathered in as per Massachusetts law


At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized behavioral health care with dignity, compassion, and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:

Compassion

Accountability

Respect

Excellence

Stewardship

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

I. Position Function:

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. In addition. he/she 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.

II. Job Relationships:

The Surgical Technician lead works under the leadership reports directly to the Director of Operative Services.

He or she works primarily under the direction of the Registered Perioperative Nurse, providing direct/indirect support to disciplines within Operative Services.

He or she works collaboratively with other members of the perioperative team to provide surgical patients with optimal, safe, cost-effective care.

III. Authority:

The Surgical Tech lead has the authority to educate other members of the perioperative team regarding aseptic technique, principles of infection control, operative procedures, inventory management, sterility maintenance, specimen handling and various activities (pre, intra and post-operative).

IV. A. Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • 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 with regards 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 orientee 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
  • Completes educational activities as assigned

V. Reporting Requirements:

Completes a full self-assessment and evaluation yearly

Develops and presents written goals at time of evaluation

Tracks repairs of equipment etc

Reports equipment, instrument and accessory deficiencies to appropriate leadership

Assists leadership in identifying learning deficiencies of health care team

VI. Accountability:

Accountable for actively planning, participating and establishing activities that promote competency bases practice in a variety of perioperative situations.

Accountable for providing written documentation of continuing educational and in-service activities.

Accountable for maintenance of clinical competencies in accordance with written unit and organizational policy and procedure.

Accountable for maintaining confidentiality and security for all hospital related and patient related information.

Accountable for providing safe, cost-effective, quality patient care within the perioperative setting (pre, intra and post).

Accountable for demonstrating ability to respond productively in a variety of emergency situations providing direct and/or indirect patient care activities.

Accountable for maintaining knowledge skills related to unit or organizational safety, risk management, and Standard Precaution guidelines.

Accountable for providing a safe environment for patients and health team members in accordance with unit-based and organizational policies and procedures.

VII. Qualifications:

Minimum Education:

The surgical technician successfully completes an approved surgical technician program or equivalent and is certified or grandfathered in as per Massachusetts law

Minimum Experience:

Three to five years of recent Surgical Technician experience in relevant service line.

Certification in specialty is preferred

Certification/Licensure:

NBSTSA required or grandfathered in as per Massachusetts law

BLS Required

Special Qualifications:

Proven ability to synthesize and analyze complex situations and respond appropriately.

Excellent interpersonal skills


Additional Information

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.

Important COVID message

Please note, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment - with confidence and without fear. Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [five-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence, and convenience: Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible. Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families. Emergency Departments are reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients. A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital. A strictly controlled visitor and masking policy is required for patient safety. You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to provide care in a safe, controlled, and professional way.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Steward Health Care Workforce. Employees in this position will be required to provide adequate proof of vaccination for COVID-19 by an FDA-approved vaccine prior to starting work. Steward will consider requests for exemptions from this vaccine requirement on the basis of medical condition or sincerely held religious belief in accordance with applicable Federal laws.

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