Mercyhealth Janesville , WI 53545
JOB SUMMARY Works under the direction of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
May include day, evening, night, weekend, holiday, and/or on-call hours.
Report-back time for on-call is 20 minutes.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure.
Has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon.
Has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
Assists the rest of the hospital-based surgical team before, during, and after surgery by performing the following duties: Checks instruments, supplies, and equipment needed for surgical procedures.
Scrubs, gowns, gloves, and sets up sterile table with instruments and supplies, equipment and medications/solutions needed for each procedure Assists with patient placement and positioning on the table.
Assists in draping sterile field according to procedure/physician preference.
Performs appropriate counts for sponges, needles, and instruments with circulator according to policy prior to the operation and before incision is closed.
Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants.
Creates and maintains sterile field.
Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure.
Passes instruments, etc.
to surgeon during procedure.
May sponge operative site, hold retractors during surgery, cut suture and cauterize previously clamped vessels as directed by surgeon.
Prepares sterile dressings.
Assists other members of team with cleaning the operating room after each procedure.
Assists in prepping room for the next patient.
Participates in department performance improvement activities.
Assists in training new personnel.
AGE OF PATIENT POPULATION Neonate to geriatric COMPETENCIES To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Technical Skills
Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit.
Conserves organizational resources.
Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Upholds organizational values.
Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization's goals and values.
Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently.
Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions.
Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Safety and Security
Observes safety and security procedures; Uses equipment and materials properly.
Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Is consistently at work and on time.
Follows instructions, responds to management direction.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, & EXPERIENCE High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology program required CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE Certified Surgical Technologist through NBSTSA preferred CPR certification required ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Passing the Drivers License Check and/or Credit Check (for those positions requiring) Passing the WI Caregiver Background Check and/or Illinois Health Care Workers Background Check WORK ENVIRONMENT Occupational exposure is a Category A, which states that all employees in this specified job classification have occupational exposure.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to cold, hot, or wet conditions; fluoroscopic radiation; laser light; surgical smoke; and the risk of bloodborne pathogens.
Required personal protection equipment (PPE) includes eye and face protection, impervious gown, shoe covers, head cover, gloves, and lead apron.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
INFORMATION ACCESS Partner may access patient care information that is needed to perform their job duties.
WORK CONTACT GROUP Patients, families, physicians, other members of the healthcare team, the community.
SPECIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or smell.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
SUPERVISES May directly supervise/mentor up to one surgical technician student.
When acting as a preceptor, carries out those responsibilities in accordance with the hospital's and school's policies and applicable laws.
Serves as an educator, nurturer, and role model for the student.
Acts as a resource and is supportive of the student by sharing knowledge obtained through work and life experiences.
Responsibilities include guiding and enhancing the learning of the student by providing options, ideas, meaningful feedback, and information with instruction when identifying problems, prompting the student to "think on their own" and work it out.
Computer Skills To perform this job successfully, basic computer knowledge is beneficial.