Surgical Technician- Operating Room- Westmoreland Hospital- Full Time

Excela Health Greensburg , PA 15601

Posted 4 weeks ago

Job Summary:

The Surgical Technician I assists with surgical procedures in the Operating Room as a scrub member of the surgical team under the direction of a registered nurse and a surgeon.

Actively promotes a Lean work culture by performing team member duties to encourage consistent use of LEAN principles and processes, including continually seeking work process improvements. Recognizes the necessity of taking ownership of one's own motivation, morale, performance and professional development. Strives for behavior consistent with being committed to Excela's missions, vision and values.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.

I. Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Delivers direct and indirect patient care in accordance with hospital/departmental policies, procedures, protocols and/or their professional standards of care.

  • Works directly with the RN to develop and implement an individualized, age-specific plan of care and evaluate its effectiveness.

  • Assists the RN in reassessment of the patient's condition and takes appropriate action as indicated or by unit specific policy.

  • Involves the patient/family and other health care providers when appropriate.

  • Completes patient care related activities within schedule time periods.

  • Complies with completeness, accuracy and timeliness of documentation on O.R. Count Sheet as well as Surgical Site Identification/Verification Checklist.

  • Maintains a collaborative relationship with physicians and other health care providers to achieve desired patient outcomes and assure a continuous flow of patient care.

  • Communicates pertinent information for interdisciplinary patient care conferences, shift reports.

  • Reports changes in the OR schedule, including the need to reassess the needs of the physicians or the OR staff, confers with the OR CNC when there is a need to alert the physician.

  • Participates in the unit performance improvement activities designed to enhance the quality of patient care and customer services.

  • Assists in data collection process as requested.

  • Recommends modifications for performance improvement.

  • Demonstrates leadership abilities by utilizing the concepts inherent to the practice of the credo standards.

  • Demonstrates an ability to solve problems independently and seeks assistance from immediate supervisor when appropriate.

  • Maintains accountability for actions taken.

  • Effectively functions as a resource person.

  • Acts as a patient advocate.

  • Performs effectively in the role of preceptor/mentor to new hires and/or students.

  • Assists in maintaining/decreasing organizational/department costs.

  • Assists in the department's compliance with State, JCAHO, OSHA and other regulatory agencies.

  • Participates in preparation for continuous survey readiness for inspections and surveys.

  • Adheres to the infection control process, including universal precautions, to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting infections.

  • Provides for patient safety in compliance with hospital and nursing department policies.

  • Utilizes two forms of patient identification before implementing any form of patient care.

  • Assumes appropriate code team role during code situations, including internal and external.

  • Functions as the scrub member of the surgical team.

  • Obtains necessary instruments and supplies from Central Service.

  • Performs duties/responsibilities as a central service technician as necessary or assigned.

  • Arranges sterile setup for each specific operative procedure coordinating with surgeon preference.

  • Updates physician preference cards.

  • Assists in moving, lifting and positioning the patient.

  • Identifies patient appropriate surgical procedure and site by following policy for the surgical site ID.

  • Assists the surgeon in performing the surgical procedure.

  • Handles specimens appropriately.

  • Performs OR counts accurately and takes appropriate action in response to incorrect counts.

  • Maintains the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the surgical team.

  • Assists with the cleaning and setting up of surgical cases.

  • Follows the principles of asepsis, reporting any breaks in aseptic technique and rectifying the situation.

II. Specialty Essential Functions:

IV. Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Performs other duties as required.
V. Required Skills and

Knowledge:
Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.

Education:

  • Successful completion of surgical technology program or documented equivalent work experience.

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program (can acquire within six (6) months of hire or transfer in unit)
  • PA Act 153 Clearances (Act 34-PA Criminal Record Check from the PA State Police system, Act 33-PA Child Abuse History obtained through the Department of Public Welfare, Act 73-FBI Fingerprint screening within 2 weeks of hire in order to meet 30 days of hire or transfer position requirement).

Prior Experience:

  • None

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound judgment, problem solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to follow directions from other team members; works independently assigned duties.

  • Able to comply with "on call" requirements.

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • CST Certification; 1-3 years surgical scrub experience preferred.

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

  • Essential Working Conditions:

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2="" reps/shift="" sedentary="" work="" -="" exerting="" up="" to="" 10="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally.="" light="" work="" -="" exerting="" up="" to="" 20="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally,="" and/or="" up="" to="" 10="" pounds="" of="" force="" frequently,="" and/or="" a="" negligible="" amount="" of="" force="" constantly.="" medium="" work="" -="" exerting="" 20="" to="" 50="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally,="" and/or="" 10="" to="" 25="" pounds="" of="" force="" frequently,="" and/or="" greater="" than="" negligible="" up="" to="" 10="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally.="" heavy="" work="" -="" exerting="" 50="" to="" 100="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally,="" and/or="" 25="" to="" 50="" pounds="" of="" force="" frequently,="" and/or="" 10="" to="" 20="" pounds="" of="" force="" constantly.="" very="" heavy="" work="" -="" exerting="" in="" excess="" of="" 100="" pounds="" of="" force="" occasionally,="" and/or="" in="" excess="" of="" 50="" pounds="" or="" force="" frequently,="" and/or="" in="" excess="" of="" 20="" pounds="" of="" force="" constantly="" to="" move="" objects.="" working="" conditions:="" never="" extreme="" cold="" extreme="" heat="" heights="" confined="" spaces-cramped="" quarters="" (labeled)="" extreme="" noise="" (="" /> 85 dB)

Operates Vehicle

Operates Heavy Equipment

Occasionally

Use of Lifting/Transfer Devices

Use of Vibrating Tools

Overtime (more than 8 hrs. /shift, 40 hours/week)

Frequently

On Call

Mechanical Hazards

Constantly

Rotates all shifts
8 hour shifts
10 - 12 hour shifts

Protective Equipment:

Never

Hearing

Rarely

Feet, Toes

Frequently

Eye

Constantly

Head (hard hat)

Hands

Body

Respirator-Breathing Equipment

Occupational Exposures:

Never

Solvents

Paints (direct use of)

Ethylene Oxide

Cytotoxic Drugs (Chemo)

Mists

Wax Stripper (direct use of)

Ionizing Radiation

Rarely

Dust (Sanding)

Occasionally

Chemicals (direct use of)

Lasers

Constantly

Latex (Rubber, erasers, balloons, gloves, rubber bands, etc.)

Radiation

Blood and Body Fluids

VII. Essential Physical Conditions:

Marginal

Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift

Essential

Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2="" reps/shift="" physical="" demands:="" never="" climbing="" stairs="" climbing="" ladders="" rarely="" kneeling="" squatting="" (crouching)="" occasionally="" keyboard/computer="" operation="" bending="" (stooping)="" sitting="" frequently="" walking="" constantly="" standing="" use="" of="" forceful="" hand="" grasp="" fine="" finger="" manipulation="" hand="" arm="" coordination="" pushing="" pulling="" sensory="" requirements:="" constantly="" seeing="" near-with="" acuity="" hearing="" clearly="" feeling="" (sensation)="" color="" vision="" over="" shoulder="" work:="" occasionally="" pulling="" or="" pushing="" objects="" overhead="" reaching="" above="" shoulder="" level="" lifting:="" floor="" to="" standing="" position:="" never="" 50="" pounds="" /> 50 pounds

Occasionally
20 - 29 pounds
30 - 49 pounds

Frequently
10 - 19 pounds

Lifting: waist to shoulder level:

Never
50 pounds



50 pounds



Occasionally
30 - 49 pounds

Frequently
10 - 19 pounds
20 - 29 pounds

Lifting: shoulder to overhead:

Never
30 - 49 pounds
50 pounds



50 pounds



Rarely
20 - 29 pounds

Occasionally
10 - 19 pounds


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