Surgical Technologist I
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Position Summary

A Surgical Technologist I is an allied health professional working as part of the team delivering surgical care. Under the direction of the surgeon and RN, they assist in preparation, set-up, and completion of the surgical procedure. They maintain strict adherence to the principles of sterile technique and continually monitor the sterile field to ensure its integrity.

Position Duties

Assessment of the surgical procedure and preparation of the OR
  • Demonstrates knowledge of procedures as evidenced by availability of appropriate instrumentation, supplies, and equipment.
  • Ensures that the room has been prepared for the upcoming cases.
  • Anticipates instrumentation needs for upcoming and to-follow cases, ensuring efficiency of case turnover.
  • Ensures that the majority of the sterile field has been set-up prior to the transfer of the patient into the O.R
  • Demonstrates knowledge of scrubbing, gowning, and gloving self.
  • Performs surgical counts with RN prior to the procedure.

Participation in the surgical procedure
  • Gowns and gloves surgeons and assistants.
  • Helps in draping sterile field and maintaining sterile field throughout procedure.
  • Maintains sponges, blades, needles, and instruments in an orderly fashion.
  • Ensures that instruments and sharps are passed in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterile technique through clinical practice, i.e. gowning, gloving, passing of instruments, and monitoring of sterile field.
  • Practices cost-effective use of supplies.
  • Communicates complete and accurate information to RN related to implants, medication, and surgical specimens

Case completion and follow-up
  • Assists RN with final surgical counts at procedure closure.
  • Breaks down the sterile field and disposes of sharps appropriately.
  • Cleans, prepares,and transports instruments for terminal sterilization. Assists with instrument reprocessing tasks as needed.
  • Facilitates communication with OR workroom when instruments are needed for follow up cases.
  • Assists other members of the team with cleaning and room turnover.
  • Ensures that the operating rooms are case-ready for the following day's cases, i.e. unused supplies and equipment have been returned to storage areas, room supplies have been restocked, etc.

Professional Performance
  • Ensures that all policies related to clinical practice are followed
  • Exhibits practical knowledge of O.R. equipment including maintenance and safety aspects.
  • Promptly reports safety concerns to the RN and/or Team Leader.
  • Utilizes available communication tools (email notifications, staff meetings, and bulletin boards).
  • Shares knowledge, information, and expertise with other staff (precepting)
  • Consistently demonstrates new knowledge and skills through incorporation into clinical practice.
  • 100% completion of annual competencies within established timeframe
  • Objectively evaluates peer performance during annual evaluation

  • Positively accepts change and is supportive through times of change
  • Participates in unit-level activities
  • Participates in applicant recruitment and retention activities
  • Acknowledges, accepts, and discloses mistakes by self and others, creating a safer patient environment
  • Seeks out information and learning opportunities from peers and colleagues to enhance one's own profession and/or role performance

Position Qualifications

Education Requirements

High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Certificate from college program or technical school Field of Study: Surgical Technology Note: Graduate of an approved Surgical Technologist program or comparable training

Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college program or technical school or nursing diploma Field of Study: Surgical Technology Note: Graduate of an approved Surgical Technologist program or comparable training

Certification/License/Registry Requirements

Surgical Technologist (Certification)

Skill Requirements

Basic computer skills required

Physical Requirements

Physical Activity - Stand

Physical Activity - Walk

Physical Activity - Sit

Physical Activity - Use hands to touch, handle, or feel

Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms

Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend

Physical Activity - Talk or hear

Physical Activity - Taste or smell

Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions

Physical Environment - Wet or humid conditions (non-weather)

Physical Environment - Fumes or airborne particles

Physical Environment - Extreme heat (non-weather)

Physical Environment - Risk of electric shock

Physical Environment - Risk of radiation

Physical Environment - Lasers

Physical Environment - Infectious disease

Physical Environment - Blood or bodily fluid

Physical Environment - Slippery or uneven surfaces

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 50 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person)

Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:

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