| We are seeking a Certified Surgical Technologist to join our team in support of the US Army (Fort Eustis)! |
Must have CST certification from NBSTSA with 2 to 3 years of Operating Room experience.
Responsibilities: The Operating Room Surgical Technologist is responsible for performing surgical technologist duties in support of the Operating Room Service, by providing assistance on surgical procedures as well as maintaining sterilization equipment and surgical instruments, issuing packing and sterilization of supplies, instrument trays and inventory service to surgery and patient care units. The technologist functions as a para-professional member of a surgical team in the performance of scrub or circulating Operating Room (OR) duties, with primary emphasis on a variety of surgical specialties for all age groups. The position rotates all shifts, weekends, and holidays.
Performs surgical technologist duties in support of the Operating Room Service, by providing assistance on surgical procedures ranging from routine (e.g. myringotomy, herniorrahaphy, endoscopy procedures, appendectomy, etc.) to minor complex (e.g. C-section, septroplasty, arthroscopy, cataracts, etc.) to major complex (e.g. thoracic, orthopedics, general surgery/laparoscopic assisted procedures, etc.) and/or trauma cases (multisystem involvement due to vehicular accidents, gunshot, knife wounds, etc.). The Technologist transports patients from hospital units/clinics to the Operating Room assuring patient's rights, privacy, safety, and well-being. Screens patient prior to transporting to ensure pre-operative medications have been given, jewelry, dentures, and any prosthetic devices have been removed. Checks to ensure patients have been prepped for surgery (i.e. varicose vein ligation: leg marked, surgery involving the bowels: bowel prepped completed), kept Non Per Os (Latin: Nothing by Mouth-(NPO)) and no signs of respiratory, viral, clinical infection, or skin disorders that may delay or cancel surgery. Checks patient's chart and identification band for completeness; obtains and transports mammograms and x-rays for all orthopedic procedures with patient to Operating Room; reviews chart for completeness (labs on chart, to include pregnancy screen on all women); and comforts patient's anxiety surrounding their surgery.
Positions or assists in positioning and draping the patient for specific procedures: assures patient's safety, comfort, and integrity of care are met. Follows pre-operative nursing care plan in preparing patient and operating room; may be required to shave or prep operative area.
As a scrub technician, selects, assembles, and organizes required supplies, equipment (set up, connect, test, operate drills, saws, etc.), and instruments for specific surgical procedures in accordance with operative worksheet, surgeon's preference card, and/or conferring with surgeon or charge nurse. Passes instruments and equipment to the surgeon during surgical procedure by anticipating the surgeon's needs; maintains an alertness for complications which may develop during surgery (e.g. hemorrhage, shock, cardiac arrest, etc.) and takes immediate action/precaution to minimize and/or correct the condition without causing further harm or injury to patient or any of the other surgical team members. Conducts sponge, sharps, and instrument counts with the charge nurse, verifying correct count at end of surgical procedures or change of personnel (shift rotation, lunches, etc.). The Technologist communicates with anesthesia at conclusion of surgical case to break sterility; assists with application of dressings; maintains aseptic technique in accordance with Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) standards of practice.
As a circulator, the Technologist obtains sterile supplies, equipment, positioning devices, instrumentation, sutures, dressings, linens, etc., for specific procedures; opens instrument sets, draping Supplies/equipment, pours solutions, sets up/connects/tests/and adjusts equipment used in surgery (e.g. electro surgical unit, microscope, suction apparatus, defibrillators, etc.) to include power and endoscopic equipment (e.g. saws, drills, cameras, etc.); and makes adjustments of the operating room lights. Technologist assists anesthesia personnel during induction and throughout the surgical procedure; follows the directions of the registered nurse in charge of the assigned operating room; obtains supplies, instruments, equipment needed during surgery (e.g. blood, medications, solutions, sponges, sutures, retractors, bovie, etc.); receives and prepares specimens for laboratory (properly label, add preservative solutions for permanent specimens and follows appropriate procedures for fresh/frozen disposition, if required, accurately inputs lab specimen into the database, and records on appropriate documentation). Technologist maintains aseptic technique in accordance with Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) standards of practice.
The Technologist provides clinical instruction and academic guidance during orientation of newly assigned Operating Room staff, 68D phase II students, Medical Proficiency Training (MPT) students, civilian surgical technologist students, and special duty personnel assigned to the Operating Room (OR) surgical department. Expertise and knowledge is required to properly evaluate/assess and report the level of competencies of the 68D phase II, MPT, and civilian surgical technologist students for official documentation. (Approx. 65%)
Cleans or terminates operating room after surgical procedure, removes and properly disposes soiled and/or contaminated linen/materials; properly washes and disassembles equipment and instrumentation after surgical cases, to include Gentio-Urinary and Gastro-Intestinal procedures, for decontamination process; properly cleans and disinfects equipment coming from outside of the department. In the absence of Housekeeping personnel, cleans and disinfects furniture and floors and prepares the operating room for the next surgical case in accordance with Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) standards of practice. Provides the operating room, inpatient ward, clinics and outline clinics (Ft. Myers, A.P. Hill ) with a complete range of medical supplies, instruments, and equipment. The Technologist must work independently during the work shift; receives, disassembles, and inspects for damage on reusable medical supplies, instruments, and equipment from hospital ward, clinics, and Operating Room; determines and uses the appropriate method for removing gross contamination which includes use of ultrasonic equipment and disinfectants; reassembles medical equipment and instrumentation; loads and operates steam, steris, and sterrad sterilizer with prescribed tests for effectiveness; maintains all departmental Quality Assurance documentation which includes a log of the sterilization. Packages, wraps, and issues surgical supplies and instrument sets used by wards and clinics for minor surgical operations; assembles sets and trays by selecting appropriate trays and arranging instruments in the trays in a correct, compact, and logical manner. Wraps and labels the trays; monitors the issue and return of Cardiology Monitoring System (CMS) equipment; and maintains record keeping for quality control.
As part of the surgical team and management of surgical services, the Technologist takes stock level inventory to restock/replenish to maintain level of supplies and equipment necessary to carry out daily surgical operations and any contingencies. Fills requests for items based on daily schedules of needs or on individual requisitions. Prepares and submits requisitions for standard and non-standard supplies and equipment to the section Supply Technician; maintains and files requisitions for inventory. (Approx. 35%)
Performs other duties as assigned.