Surgical Technologist 1.0 FTE Orthopaedic
Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale, WA

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We are currently searching for an experienced Surgical Technologist for the New Orthopaedic Center, in Silverdale, WA. This is a permanent position, plus on call requirements.


Responsible for the preoperative planning and preparation for surgical intervention, individualized to meet the needs of each patient and his/her surgeon, applying age-specific guidelines. Scrubs on all surgical specialties, aides in the preparation and discharge of the surgical patient, including patient transport and transfer. Participates in Q.A. improvement activities, meets certification and educational requirements and demonstrates knowledge and compliance with the AST Standards of Practice and AORN's Standards and Recommended Practices.


The Orthopaedic Center consists of 4 operating rooms. The Orthopaedic service performs 200 cases per month; totaling to approximately 2100 cases per year. This is a specialized facility focusing on sports medicine, spine and joint replacement surgery.

Graduation from accredited Surgical Technologist school, or military surgical technologist program.


Washington State Registered Surgical Technologist license.
Current Basic Life Support Card (BLS).


Minimum of 1 year surgical technologist experience in all surgical specialties. Orthopaedic surgery experience preferred. Must have high clinical standards, effective communication skills and be able to work harmoniously with a diverse team. Must have WA licensure.

Continuing education and/or licensing requirements:
Mandatory educational offerings (YED), as per Harrison Medical Center policy
Population Specific continuing competency requirements:
Knowledge and expertise in providing care to assigned population

Demonstrated skills in collaboration, teamwork and problem-solving to achieve goals
Demonstrated skills in verbal communication and listening
Demonstrated skills in providing excellent service to customers
Demonstrated skills in sterile techniques, accountability, and mechanical knowledge

Ability to stand long hours and work in a pressured environment

Ability to participate in lifting or moving of physically challenged patients.

Anticipatory, organizational, interpersonal relationship and communication skills


Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals or Substances and/or Infection:

Risk of exposure to infectious disease during all patient contacts

Risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals/substances

Exposure to Blood borne Pathogens:

Risk of exposure to Blood borne pathogens during all patient contacts

Regularly exposed to Blood borne pathogens and unpleasant elements (sights, sounds, and smells),

Exposure to electro-mechanical and fume hazards.

Stressful, challenging environment, emotional health and stamina are important.

Personal Protective Equipment Required:

Scrub attire required
Gown, gloves, goggles/mask shields, shoe covers/booties, head covering; provided


Assists in orienting new staff members. Participates in peer evaluation. Acts as preceptor and provides comprehensive input to orientee evaluations.

Prioritizes patient care needs effectively. Assists in patient care as appropriate. Trouble shoots problems, acts as a resource person. Is self-directed, as reflected by taking needed action before being asked. Seizes opportunities and does more than the minimum required.

Participates in on-going development of professional knowledge. Collaborates with members of the health care profession and other citizens in promoting efforts to address the health care needs of the public. Actively seeks professional development by participating in community and/or professional organizations.

Identifies and reports to the Director or his/her designee, conditions that may exist and could negatively affect the health, safety and well being of patients or coworkers.

Assists other members of team with terminal cleanup of room, in readiness for next patient.

Attends, contributes and documents 75% of staff meetings. Attends documents and contributes to 90% of staff meetings a year.

Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure; maintains knowledge of surgical preference (scrub, gown, and glove). Sets up sterile table with instruments, sutures, blades, electrosurgical equipment, suction, and solutions needed for procedure.

Observes patient for unusual responses. Identifies unusual or emergency situations and utilizes sound judgment to correct and institute established procedures, in a calm and efficient manner.

Counts sponges, needles, and instruments (as appropriate) with circulator prior to procedure and before incision is closed. Checks trays and equipment for completeness. Counts contain electronic signature of surgical team on operative record. Events are factually documented and records are legible and complete. Unusual events are reported to surgical team/supervisors.

Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization. Helps to drape the sterile field. Prepares sterile dressings. Follow rules of asepsis; conscientiously carries out contamination control measures. Manages contaminated instruments and supplies during and after operative procedure to prevent spread of infection. Verifies exposure to sterilization process and integrity of sterile packaging. Opens supplies aseptically, according to Association of Operating Room Nurse (AORN) standards.

Anticipates surgeon's needs, such as instruments, sponges, sutures, and places them in his/her hand in a manner that the surgeon need not divert attention from the operative field, as reported by feedback from surgeons. Displays dexterity in the use of surgical instruments throughout the procedure.

Before each surgery, checks autoclave tape for type and evidence of sterilization process. Check expiration dates before use. Checks wrappers or packaging for patency. Checks for "turned" indicators in all steamed trays.

Before each surgery, checks all labels of solution or drugs placed on the field with the circulating nurse.

Supports and enforces infection control practices, including body substance isolation and the use of personal protective equipment. Complies with infection control policies and procedures.

Uses proper transfer techniques and body mechanics.

Appropriately collects all specimens for laboratory analysis, as ordered by the surgeon.

Demonstrates ability to "breakdown" room and deliver used equipment/ instruments to the dirty area in accepted manner. Disposes sharps in proper receptacle. Offers suggestions/solutions for improvement of current methods of room breakdown.

Adheres to the Association of Surgical Technologist's (AST) code of ethics at all times in relationship to patients and all members of the healthcare team. Maintains professional standards for conduct, patient care and patient confidentiality. Reports any unethical conduct or practice of health care team members to proper authority.

Displays loyalty to administration and to the hospital. Refrains from discussing hospital problems with, or in the presence of, the patient, family and customers. Discourages misinformation/rumors about Harrison Medical Center in a public setting, as self reported.

Acts as a patient advocate at all times. Recognizes that each patient is a unique, holistic human being with individual needs. Explains all procedures being done and maintains a calm environment. Problem solves and corrects situations where respect may be compromised.

Collaborates effectively with other team members. Supports, encourages and assists others. Seeks compromise and (win/win) resolutions to conflict, as observed by Supervisor and peers.

Keeps surgical procedure manuals or cards that enumerate surgeons' preferences current. Reviews cards, tray before procedures. Notifies team of surgeon's request for changes/additions to preference card.

Checks all equipment for working order and reports or corrects unusual conditions. Inspects emergency equipment and supplies for condition and quality on a daily basis.

Consistently meets patient needs in the most cost-effective manner. Opens supplies only as called for; double checks costly supply needs with surgeon and circulator. Substitutes appropriate materials, if item is on back order.

Demonstrates the willingness and ability to rotate assignments, as appropriate. Volunteers for more difficult tasks and assignments, as documented by peer evaluation and observation.

Must have regular, reliable, predictable attendance in performance of essential job functions.

During an emergency, disaster, or catastrophic event, which places life or property in jeopardy, employee may be assigned to any disaster service activity that promotes the protection of public health and safety. Assignment might require serving at a location, at times and/or under conditions that significantly differ from employee's normal work assignments. As an employee of Harrison Medical Center, employee may be directed to perform a role other than their regular job, by a superior or by law