JOB SUMMARY: Under close supervision, provides technical surgical assistance and ensures a safe environment for surgical patients and staff in the ANMC Operating Rooms.
Provides technical surgical assistance to surgeons and Operating Room staff. Facilitates safe and effective performance of invasive surgical procedures. Ensures Operating Room environment is safe, equipment functions properly and that operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize the patient’s safety.
Develops and maintains a safe and sterile surgical field. Sets up surgical instruments and equipment. Functions as sterile member of the surgical team. Assists surgeon during routine and complex procedures. Anticipates needs of the surgeon.
Provides sterile items 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. Performs patient preps for surgery.
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.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
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 interpersonal relationships.
Skill in performing assigned surgical procedures.
Skill in 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.
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
A high school diploma or GED equivalent; AND completion of an Accredited Program in Surgical Technology. TWO (2) years of Operating Room experience may be substituted for completion of an Accredited Program in Surgical Technology.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Non-supervisory - None
MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Certification in Basic Life Support. According to the needs of the organization, some incumbents in this job class may be required to obtain additional specific technical certifications.
PREFERRED CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Certification by Liaison Council on Certification for Surgical Technologist (LCCST).
Some non-standard work hours are required.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Must be able to lift approximately 20 pounds. Work involves the potential for exposure to infectious diseases. ANMC is not a latex free environment. Therefore, some latex exposure can be expected.