Operating Room Assistant (Full Time) Days

Northwest Community Healthcare Arlington Heights , IL 60501

Posted 2 months ago

Shift: Full time, Days, Weekend as needed

Reporting to the Perioperative Manager and under the direction of the surgical team, assists team members and anesthesiologists with case set-up and room turnover to expedite the surgical schedule. Responsible for selecting and setting up surgical supplies, equipment and instrumentation including creating a sterile field.

1.Prepares the operating room including opening sterile supplies and creating a sterile field, attaching special procedure mechanisms to operating room tables and chairs, and connecting and setting up complex clinical equipment (i.e. disposable transducers and irrigation systems) to ensure rapid case turnover. Operates sterilization equipment and flash sterilizes instruments as necessary to expedite cases and room turnover. Assists with other operating room turnover functions, i.e., removing soiled suction canisters, trash, linen, instrumentation and equipment.

2.Under the direction of the nurse of physician, assists with patient positioning for all types of surgical procedures in the operating room. Maintains proper body alignment to reduce injury to nerves and soft tissues. Assists in the lifting and/or transferring of patients to and from OR tables, wheelchairs, carts, and beds.

3.Assists with determining equipment priorities and inventory needs. Stocks disposable operating room supplies and notifies charge person of defective instrumentation. Monitors expiration dates of sterile supplies and medications.

4.Utilizes the physician's preference card to gather appropriate supplies and equipment for surgical cases. Maintains operating room equipment by assisting in set-up, cleaning/decontamination and storage.

Transports specimens to laboratory, mammography, etc. Transports supplies and equipment to and from the main OR and other areas of the hospital as needed.

5.Adheres to all Northwest Community Hospital standards, policies and procedures

1.High school graduate, or equivalent.

2.Completion of a nurses' assistant training course, EMT or paramedics training course, or current enrollment in an accredited nursing program with completion of at least one major clinical medical or surgical rotation preferred.

3.Minimum of six months experience working in a patient care setting required.

4.Current CPR certification.

6.Knowledge of and/or experience in the correct use of body mechanics preferred.

7.The interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with hospital staff, patients and physicians.

8.The organizational skills necessary to prioritize responsibilities and duties so they are performed in a proficient manner.

9.The analytical skills necessary to assess and respond to physician, staff, and patient needs.

  1. The ability to retain professionalism and remain calm and poised in difficult situations.

  2. The verbal and written English skills necessary to clearly and effectively communicate information.


1.Requires continuous standing and walking for most of shift. Requires frequent (3-6 times per hour) bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, and overhead reaching and frequent lifting and carrying of 15 lbs. to 30 lbs. Requires occasional (10-15 times per day) lifting and carrying of 30 lbs. to 70 lbs. and occasional pushing/pulling of up to 300 lbs in wheeled equipment.

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