Essential Job Functions
Performs scrub activities based on principles of aseptic technique, infection control, universal precautions guidelines, environmental control, and life safety guidelines: anticipates needs of patient and surgeon; demonstrates critical thinking skills and prioritize activities when performing the scrub role; under supervision of the RN, demonstrates ability to prepare medications for procedures to be used by physicians; knows of routine drugs used intra-operatively, dosages, and/or concentration and appropriate route of administration.
Prepares and knows the specific uses of equipment, instrumentation and supplies used for surgical procedures.
Locates and operates equipment. Handles and operates equipment properly. Initiates service request and reports to supervisor action taken when malfunction of equipment occurs.
Performs scrub role, without assistance by locating supplies, equipment, and instruments; prepares operating room utilizing preference cards to set up surgical instruments and equipment; independently prepares the sterile field for adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients for the intra-operative experience; differentiates and demonstrates knowledge of sterilization methods required for instruments or equipment.
Implements and maintains preference cards in an updated complete form utilizing automated process and clinical information systems appropriately and efficiently.
Adheres to all Hospital Policies and Procedures, specifically Guidelines for Appropriate Conduct, Corporate Compliance, Diversity, and Confidentiality.
Identifies potential risks to patients: identifies risks to patients in order to reduce incidence of injury; identifies actions to eliminate, minimize or report risks; identifies procedures to follow in the event of an incident; reports processes for common problems, failures and user errors.
Demonstrates the spirit of the philosophy, mission, and values of the hospital through words and actions and implements them into departmental processes, programs, and the working environment.
Applies the principles and values of customer service and continuous quality improvement while performing day-to-day activities of the position.
Maintains and protects confidentiality regarding all aspects of patient care, personnel and strategic issues.
Adheres to Confidentiality Policy.
Maintains positive working relationships and fosters cooperative work environment.
Adheres to the hospital’s “Guidelines for Appropriate Conduct” in the HR Manual.
Displays honesty and mutual respect when communicating with peers and other departments.
Follows through on problems that may compromise effective job performance by using appropriate chain of command.
Utilize concepts of age/developmental stages in interactions with patients and families.
Complies with National Patient Safety Goals.
Universal precautions and infection control guidelines, including hand washing guidelines followed at all times.
Demonstrates respect for diverse backgrounds of all patients, families and co-workers.
Completion of an accredited school of surgical technology or the equivalent in clinical surgery training/ experience.
One (1) to three (3) years previous surgery experience in at least two (2) specialty areas preferred.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Effective communication skills; both orally and written. Computer skills needed. Ability to work with others within a team to ensure quality patient care. Strong critical thinking skills.