6370 - Cardiac Surgery
M-f, 8 hr shifts with call
Responsible for assembly and delivery of instrumentation/equipment critical to surgical intervention. Responsible for unit wide procedure coordination for identified specialties. Coordinates resources anticipated throughout the intra-operative course. Serves as a resource to team members. The Surgical Technician is responsible for providing patient care to patients of all ages (neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric). Embraces shared governance nursing organizational principles by being aware of nursing council activities so that outcome, goals and objectives of nursing are achieved.
All Surgical Technicians: basic competency development in general surgical procedures
Clinical focus in specialty areas include:
General, General-Vascular, Gynecologic, Urology
Ortho, Neuro, Ophtholmology, ENT, Plastic, Max.-Facial
Cardiac Thoracic, Open Heart
Laser and Orthopedic
In addition, the Laser and Orthopedic Surgical Technicians are responsible for the coordination of complex procedures department wide which include:
Laser: accountable for the operation of all lasers in the surgical service areas. Responsible for coordinating (and troubleshooting during laser operations), preventive maintenance scheduling ensuring that applicable instrumentation is available for laser operation and all safety measures are followed.
Orthopedic: Coordinates instrumentation and equipment for complex orthopedic procedures. Procures instrumentation from manufacturer, vendor, or multiple sites to ensure availability during procedures (as scheduled by MD).
Orientation as assigned by educator/team coordinator as well as inservice coordination for surgical team is required.
The provision of nursing care will be provided in an environment that embraces maximum participation by the staff.
Successful completion of a 3-6 month on-the-job orientation program.
Graduate of an approved surgical technology course.
All certified scrub technicians must complete the certifying requirements as outlined by the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) in order to maintain their certification. This requirement would also apply to technicians “grandfathered” in the certified level, who must complete 60 CEUs every four (4) years in their field of practice to maintain the grandfathered certification status.
BCLS preferred, must acquire certification within orientation period, and maintain.
O.R. experience preferred but not required.
Knowledge, skills, abilities:
Acquires and shares knowledge of current trends in surgical technology through active participation in hospital and suite educational activities.
Seeks continued learning opportunities that will enhance patient care.
Demonstrates ability to be a perceptive listener.
Able to hear and interpret muffled voices through surgical masks.
Recognizes and sets priorities appropriate to individual patient care needs.
Able to read and interpret medication labels, equipment instructions and preference cards.
Substantial level of interpersonal skills required in order to interact with healthcare team, salesmen, customers, to accept and respond to constructive criticism, etc.
Substantial level of analytical ability required in order to read and interpret medication labels, equipment instructions, preference cards, etc.
Moderate level of physical effort required for 80% of time in order to lift and turn patients, recurrent standing and walking, pass and/or retract instruments, thread suture through needle, etc.
Substantial level of mental/visual ability required for 80% of time in order to anticipate needs of surgeon, monitor equipment, etc.
Standing for long periods - 6-8 hrs.
Sitting for extended periods of time
Bending and stooping
Walking for long periods
Lifting of heavy patients
Manual dexterity to handle instruments and circulate/scrub
Communication, both verbal & written to talk to patients and document care
Sensory: Sight to observe patient symptoms
Auditory: to hear patients
Tactile: to feel patient symptoms (warmth, induration)
Olfactory: to smell disease specific smells