Under supervision, provides technical surgical training and ensures a safe environment for surgical patients and staff in the TSMS Operating Rooms.
Provides technical surgical training to Operating Room (OR) staff. Facilitates safe and effective performance through training of invasive surgical procedures. Ensures that the Operating Room environment is safe, equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize the patient’s safety.
Develops and maintains a safe and sterile surgical field. Functions as sterile member of the surgical team. Assists surgeon during surgical procedures. Anticipates needs of the surgeon through knowledge and experience gained performing surgery.
Provides sterile items to the field in an efficient manner. Provides support for maintaining retractor position, tissue manipulation and suture removal.
Assists surgical nurse and anesthesia staff. Monitors patient for potentially dangerous physical changes. Recognizes abnormal findings and immediately notifies physician.
Cleans and sterilizes equipment and work space. Recognizes equipment malfunctions and readjusts equipment or refers for repair. Trains and cross-trains other clinical staff as required. Transports patient as needed. Responsible for teaching sterile technique and sterile conscience to new employees in the Operating Room.
Responsible for training new surgical techs from the basics through complex surgical procedures. Uses unit resources to ensure that new circulating nurses or surgical techs have access to expert preceptors for the most complex procedures in each surgical service. In conjunction with the clinical nurse manager, supervises the complete training of entry level surgical techs and orientation of experienced techs to the ANMC OR.
Uses didactic materials as a resource to teach theory as well as hands on application of surgical technology. Provides basic fundamental training to entry level OR nurses related to basic surgical technology, safety, instrumentation and sterile technique. Will provide as needed and requested fundamental training in the role of the scrubbed person at the surgical field to residents, Physicians Assistants and other visitors as approved by the clinical nurse manager or Department Manager.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of surgical equipment.
Knowledge of modern surgical principles, techniques, and procedures for the care of patients.
Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and concepts of disease.
Knowledge of Operating Room procedures and patient preparation for surgery.
Knowledge of reference standards and regulatory requirements for Operating Room safety.
Knowledge of emergency procedures, sterile practices, infection control, basic life support, and other applicable nursing practices.
Skill in performing assigned surgical procedures, monitoring patient responses and taking appropriate action.
Skill in assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.
Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
Skill in delegation of preceptors most appropriate for the trainee and particular service.
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
A high school diploma or GED equivalent.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Non-Supervisory– Five (5) years of Operating Room experience. An equivalent combination of relevant education and/or training may be substituted for experience.
MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Must possess certification in Basic Life Support. Must possess certification by Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologist (LCCST). Accredited 13-month Certification Program in Surgical Technology or progressive responsibilities and work experience may be substituted for the surgical technology certification.
According to the needs of the organization, some incumbents in this job class may be required to obtain additional specific technical certifications. Work involves the potential for exposure to infectious diseases. Some non-standard work hours are required.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to lift approximately 20 pounds. ANMC is not a latex free environment. Therefore, some latex exposure can be expected.
Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium - 17 months ago