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Certified Surgical Technologist – (New Graduate) September Cohort

Austin, TX, United States

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Description

SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time


With more than 110 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence—in 2014. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 9,000 employees.  The best is here, come join us and be part of a great story!



We offer you an excellent total compensation package, including competitive salary, excellent benefit package and growth opportunities. We believe in our team and your ability to do excellent work with us. Your benefits include 401k, PTO medical, dental, flex spending, life, disability, tuition reimbursement, employee discount program, employee stock purchase program and student loan repayment. We would love to talk to you about this fantastic opportunity

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Surgery Tech II assists in the care and preparation of the surgical patient according to Hospital standards and policies. Performs scrub duties in all types of surgical interventions. Assists surgeons. Cares for and cleans Operating Room equipment, suites and instruments and maintains a sterile environment. Performs all required documentation. Performs duties in sterile processing. 


PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares instruments and supplies for each surgical case.  Follows surgeon’s preference cards in setting up specific instruments, supplies and equipment required.
  • Follows the step-by-step process of specific surgical procedures.  Proficiently and effectively demonstrates the ability to use all required instrumentation.
  • Identifies physician preferences in a surgical practice or specialty.  Efficiently and safely passes instruments and holds retractors.
  • Notes changes in individual surgeons preferences and updates preference cards.
  • Gowns and gloves self and surgery team members according to Hospital policy and dispose of gown and glove appropriately.
  • Initiates and maintains a sterile field throughout surgical procedures.  Opens supplies aseptically.
  • Identifies breaks in aseptic technique.  Reports any break in sterility to the Circulating Nurse.
  • Appropriately handles all specimens (bone grafts, cultures, biopsies, fluids, etc.).  Assists in the collection, transfers to other Circulating Nurse maintaining sterility.
  • Assists the Circulating Nurse in maintaining correct needle, sponge and instrument count (as appropriate) for each surgical procedure.  Organizes surgical items in order of need and in a safe manner.
  • Adheres to universal precautions in all procedures.
  • Knows the location of supplies and acts as a resource person to other staff members.
  • Maintains a safe environment for the surgical patient by checking the condition and operations of equipment before the procedure.
  • Assists in O.R. sanitation after each case. Assists with turnover and preparation of all Operating Rooms
  • Assists others when not assigned by pulling cases, giving breaks and stocking supplies.
  • Scrubs in cystoscopy procedure in the O.R. Lithotripsy Department.
  • Scrubs in C-section in Labor & Delivery when assigned.
  • Handles delicate instruments and maintains video equipment and scopes before, during and after all procedures to prevent damage.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge and skill in central sterile and decontamination procedures daily.
  • Obtains supplies from Material Management Department and outside suppliers when necessary via Meditech system.
  • Demonstrates appropriate communication skills with physicians, staff and others and maintains professionalism.
  • Demonstrates proper technique and documentation of sterilization process and is responsible for checking indicators and reporting any discrepancies.  Labels all steris/flash autoclave loads with appropriate sticker for each patient use.
  • Serves as a preceptor for new staff and students.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in staffing schedule when necessary or required by the Unit Supervisor or Director of Surgery.
  • Assumes responsibility for attending informal educational and in-service programs to enhance skills and knowledge, requesting and accepting supervision in performing new skills of practice and documentation, and attending and participating in pertinent or mandatory unit meetings and inservices.
  • Maintains working knowledge of hospital codes.
  • Reads and interprets documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Writes reports and correspondence. Speaks effectively before small groups of customers and staff members.
  • Organizes time efficiently to provide direct patient care as assigned by the Unit Supervisor, Charge Nurse, or RN.
  • Follows appropriate chain of command to report pertinent-related problems or unusual situations.
  • Observes and preserves patient’s rights to human dignity, and provides emotional support (as appropriate) to patients and their families.
  • Promotes cost awareness and actively participates in expense reduction among staff and physicians.
  • Maintains flexibility in varying circumstances and remains open to new directives and ideas of the Department.
  • May handle sealed procedure kits which may contain small amounts of medication.
  • Demonstrate understanding of HCA’s and “Patients First” safety initiative by strict compliance to all safety protocols and procedures.



Qualifications

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED   (Minimum amount of specifically related experience, which is required to perform the role at this level.


  • Less than 1 year


EDUCATION REQUIRED   (Minimum formal academic training which typically provides the knowledge and skills necessary for successful job performance. Note in Other if experience may be substituted.)


  • High School Graduate/Equivalent
  • Other Degree-Major: Graduate from an accredited educational program for Surgical Technology.


LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS


Required:


Current certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist


  • Required Upon Hire (for certifications only: upon hire is defined as within 2 business days of start date)


BLS certification from the American Heart Association


  • Required Upon Hire (for certifications only: upon hire is defined as within 2 business days of start date)


Facility: St. David's Heart Hospital of Austin
Job ID: 25960-01525HHOA
Category: Nursing Support
Contract: Full-time
Shift: Days (rotating weekends)

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