Patient Care OB Surgical Assistant
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network - Allentown, PA

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Under the direction of the Registered Nurse, the Patient Care/OB Surgical Assistant is primarily responsible for providing health care to patients. The Patient Care Assistant participates in data collection, planning, and implementation of patient care.

The Patient Care/OB Surgical Assistant is an individual who assists the members of the surgical team by scrubbing and handling the appropriate instruments, supplies and equipment, etc., necessary to provided optimal patient care during a surgical intervention. This individual also assists other team members in order to create a smooth, functioning unit.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.




  • Ability to prioritize duties and function as a member of a team.

  • Performs clinical procedures within scope of practice

  • Performs EKG’s, glucometry, phlebotomy procedures and collects specimens.

  • Follows treatment plan as directed by Clinical Coordinator/RN.

  • Transcribes orders, resheets charts, and schedules tests/procedures.

  • Demonstrates ability to use computer system.

  • Performs necessary functions to ensure patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction with service.

  • Assists patients to mobilize as appropriate

  • Communicates new orders, change in patient’s condition, and unit concerns with the unit-based team.

  • Restocks unit supplies as needed according to specific checklists.

  • Completes documentation per hospital policy.

  • Performs 1:1 patient watches as assigned.

  • Assists the registered professional nurse with preparing the operating room with necessary supplies and equipment.

  • Scrubs, gowns and gloves according to hospital standard for closed and opened glove technique.

  • Arranges instruments, table and mayo; arranges instruments correctly and checks for safe working conditions.

  • Maintains necessary counts (sponges, needles, instruments, etc.).

  • Works efficiently as a member of the surgical team during surgical procedures.

  • Anticipates the surgeon’s needs when passing surgical instruments.

  • Handles specimens correctly.

  • Assists in clean-up of instruments and room.

  • Maintains responsibility for own development through active participation in inservices and/or continuing education programs.

  • Functions as a role model and resource person providing guidance to co-workers.

  • Complies with established chain of command for work-related problems.

  • Participates in identifying unit needs and supports unit goals and objectives that contribute to the growth of the department.

  • Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as well as the proper release of information.

  • Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee, patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.

  • Demonstrates/models the Network’s Service Excellence Standards of Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external).

  • Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate: Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational System/Process, and Safety.

  • Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.

  • Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and dress code.

  • Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.

  • Job Qualifications:


    Sits up to 1 hour per day. Stand for up to 8 hours per day; possibly 6 hours at a time. Walk up to 8-10 hours per day; up to 2 hours at a time. (Required to use manual dexterity for handling and twisting/turning). Consistently lift, carry and push objects up to 10 lbs.; frequently lift and carry objects up to 25 pounds; frequently push objects up to 100+ pounds (i.e. camera carts, microscopes, unicels, etc). Frequently stoop and bend. Frequently reach above shoulder level. Must have the ability to move quickly. Must be able to hear as it relates to normal conversation, and high and low frequencies. Must be able to see as it relates to general, near, far, color, and peripheral vision. Depth perception necessary. Ability to tolerate visual monotony.


    At risk for cuts and punctures, being confined to small spaces, slippery surfaces, assault and battery, radiation, chemical and bio-hazards, injuries from operating machinery, burns, and back injuries.

    Identified Risks , None Identified and/or Fit Tested Statement Which States That:

    Employees who work in patient care areas where they may have potential exposure to patients with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB) must have the ability to wear a particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with the current recommendations from the CDC (enforced by OSHA) or must provide physician documentation as to the inability to wear a particulate respirator.


    Lead aprons for exposure to radiation. MSDS and OSHA guidelines for exposure to chemical and biological hazards. (Category 1)

    Goggles, gloves, gowns, masks (with and without face shield), glasses with side shields, lead aprons and collars for radiation exposure. Follow MSDS and OSHA precautions for exposure to biological and chemical hazards.


    Provision of individualized nursing care to patients.


    Supervised by the Nurse Manager.


    Good written and verbal communication skills required for contacts with other departments, patients, families, the community and medical staff.





    1. High School graduate with 8 hours of classroom related to aseptic technique and role of Patient Care/OB Surgical Assistant.


    Preceptoring and on-the-job training .

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