At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized 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:
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.
Union Benefits to help you live well!
- Low cost Medical/Prescription Drug Insurance through BCBS
- Dental and Vision Insurance
- 401k via Fidelity for eligible employees with company match
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Worldwide Travel Assistance
- Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Auto and Home Insurance
- Hospital Indemnity Insurance
DEPARTMENT: Operating Room
The Surgical Technician is an individual who is assigned to and responsible for direct and indirect care during the inter-operative phase of the patient’s surgical experience. The Surgical Technician practices within the guidelines on the policies and procedures of Steward Carney Hospital.
Utilizes knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the lifespan when assisting in preparing the patient for surgery. Uses a courteous manner
Greets patient within ten seconds of arrival, introduces self and answers questions pleasantly
Transfers and positions patient according to departmental guidelines, maintaining patient comfort safety and privacy
Prepares operating room with the supplies and equipment appropriate to the scheduled case
Gathers supplies for up to ten cases per day according to surgeon’s preference cards and completes set-up by the time patient is prepped
Opens supplies using a septic technique guidelines
Scrubs and dons surgical garb in accordance with department policy
Sets up instruments, linens, sutures in accordance with O.R. policy
Conducts instrument, sponge and needle counts
Conducts instrument, sponge, and needle counts in accordance with O.R. policy and in conjunction with RN prior to incision and prior to closure
Handles instruments correctly during surgery
Monitors progress of case and anticipates instrument(s) surgeon will need
Maintains neatness and cleanliness of table throughout surgery, cleaning instruments as needed
Assists surgeon by appropriately handing instruments to him/her. Complies with other requests from surgeon such as suctioning, holding retractors, etc
Practices aseptic technique as per O.R. policy 100% of the time
Checks integrity of wrappers, expiration dates and sterility indicators ongoing per case
Monitors self and surgical team for breaks in technique ongoing per case
Practices care of specimens from each case in accordance with pathology requirements so that all specimens are handed off surgical field by end of case
Receives specimens from surgeon throughout case and gently places in appropriate solution in accordance with pathology requirements
Passes specimen off the sterile field to RN without breaking sterile technique
Assists in identifying specimen for labeling purposes by relaying labeling information from surgeon to RN
Washes and prepares instruments for sterilization after each case and assists in decontamination of O.R. prior to next case
Washes instruments and equipment with designated cleaning agent in accordance with O.R. policy
Disposes of dirty linen, trash and needles/sharps in accordance with universal precautions
Puts extra unused supplies away in designate area
Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).
2. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed
Performs other duties as assigned
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from infancy through adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics
Must possess the ability to anticipate the surgical needs of the patients age and to interpret appropriate information required to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age specific needs
Demonstrate good judgment and problem solving skills
Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
Education: Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technician program
Experience: One year previous experience preferred. Newly graduated Surgical Technicians will be accepted only after careful review of surgical experience and scholastic achievement.
Certification/Licensure: Certification as a Surgical Technician by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) required
*Per Diem Commitment Required*-
All Per Diem staff must be available to work the equivalent of:
- Twelve (12) weekend shifts per year, which may be in the form of on-call upon the needs of the department, and;
- Two (2) holiday shifts per year, one summer (Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day), and one winter (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New year’s), and;
- Two (2) shifts per month
Important COVID message
Please note, our Carney Hospital 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 canceled 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.
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.