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Operating Room - Surgical Technician

Company: St Anthony Hospital
Location: Gig Harbor
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are now united to build the future of patient-centered care across the Pacific Northwest. That means a seamlessly connected system offering quality care close to home. From basic health needs to the most complex, highly specialized care, our patients can count on us to meet their needs with convenient access to the region's most prestigious experts and innovative treatments and technologies.

While you're busy impacting the healthcare industry, we'll take care of you wental/vision, FSA, matching retirement plans, paid vacation, adoption assistance, annual bonus eligibility, and more!

St. Anthony Hospital has been redesignated in 2022 by Pathway to Excellence for demonstrating a commitment to a healthy workplace through professional development, shared decision making, leadership, safety, quality and well-being.


Provides, as an integral part of the medical practitioner team, surgical care to patients to facilitate safe and effective completion of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Under the guidance of surgeons, nurses, or other designated personnel, the incumbent performs preoperative, intra-operative and postoperative duties within the scope of licensure to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Incumbents are also accountable for utilizing and keeping current on the application of sterile and aseptic technique, surgical procedures, implementation tools and technologies, human anatomy as well as collaborating and communicating effectively with the inter-disciplinary team to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive and therapeutic procedures.


Prepares the operating room and patient for the surgical procedure by applying principles and techniques of asepsis to work assignments; sets up sterile equipment, instruments, drapes and solutions; assists with scrubbing, preparation of sterile field, gowning/gloving members of the surgical team.

  • Helps the surgeon and any assistants put on their surgical gowns and gloves.
  • Assists with positioning and draping of patient under direction of qualified practitioner.
  • Assists with comfort and safety measures under direction of qualified practitioner.
  • Transfers and positions patient to operating room table and covers them with sterile surgical drapes.
  • Assists anesthesia personnel as needed under the direction of qualified practitioner.
  • Actively participates in the Surgical Safety Checklist and Time Out on every patient.
    Provides safe handling and care for instruments and specimens in accordance with internal procedures.
    • Hands the desired instruments to the surgeon during the operation; may also hold retractors and assist with cutting sutures, applying suction, applying surgical hand-piece to instrument and applies/removes cast under supervision of qualified practitioner.
    • Performs all appropriate counts as required with circulator (at a minimum) prior to the operation and before the incision is closed.
    • Help prepare, care for, and proper labeling and safe handling of specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
    • Prepares the sterile dressings.
    • Identifies emergencies (e.g. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Malignant Hyperthermia, and other medical emergencies) and initiates and/or participates in the appropriate response to situation.
      Sets up the operating surgeon's sterile table to include instrument set up, clean up and turnover in preparation for the next case.
      • Anticipates and plans ahead for the surgeon's equipment needs, based on knowledge of procedure.
        Operates sterilization devices, including immediate use containment devices, autoclaves, and other types of sterilizers following the manufacturers' instructions. Understands the concepts of sterilizer challenge devices and sterilizer biological indicators and their appropriate use, monitoring and tracking.
        • Operates sterilizers with the appropriate sterilization cycle and following manufacturer's instruction.
        • Verifies and documents Immediate Use Steam Sterilization loads and biological data per protocol.
          Identifies emergencies (e.g. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Code 9, and other medical emergencies), and initiates and/or participates in the appropriate response to the situation.
          • Provides input to the development of unit standards and goals.
            Stocks and replenishes the operating room, preparing it with new sterile items and checking the equipment to make sure it is working properly for the next surgery.
            • Cleans and disinfects the surgical instruments according to standards and assists with cleaning the operating room after surgery and turnover in preparation for the next case.
            • May assist with the transfer of the patient under direction of qualified practitioner.
            • Cleans and restocks assigned work areas to include removal of out-dates.
            • Identifies and reports problems with supplies or equipment. Enters equipment repair requests in system, tags and removes from service.
            • Maintains an organized and safe work and patient environment, adhering to the hospital's safety, risk management and regulatory standards. Reports any unusual circumstances to departmental leadership.
            • Participates in quality improvement and cost saving initiatives as requested. Qualifications
              Education/Work Experience Requirements
              • Graduation from surgical technology program accredited through Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology ARC-ST; OR
              • Successful completion of formal on-the-job training that provides the skills necessary to receive Tech in Surgery Certification through the National Center for Competency Testing.
                • Six months operating room work experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities is preferred. NOTE: Graduation from an accredited school of nursing may be substituted for graduation from an accredited surgical technician program.

                  • If classified as Surgical Technician: Maintain Registration with the State of Washington. Registered nurses and/or practical nurses acting within the scope of their licensure do not need to maintain surgical technologist registration.
                    • If classified as Surgical Technician, Certified : Current certification through the Association of Surgical Technologists is required.
                      • Current healthcare provider BLS Certification required. Pay Range
                        $26.51 - $42.60 /hour

Keywords: St Anthony Hospital, Seattle , Operating Room - Surgical Technician, Professions , Gig Harbor, Washington

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