St. Thomas More Hospital, a 25- acute care/critical access facilty, is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding southern Colorado communtites. St. Thomas More offers 24-hour emergency and trauma services, inpatient acute care, intensive care unit, The Birth Center, diagnostic imaging, surgical services, rehabilitation services, sleep disorder center and more. St. Thomas More was rated five stars by Healthgrades® for Total Knee Replacement (2012-2017), Hip Fracture Treatment (2017), and Treatment of Sepsis (2017). Our physicians specialize in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology services, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and pediatric health services. Associates of St. Thomas More enjoy the camaraderie of a close-knit community hospital, the relaxed feel of small town life and an affordable cost of living in a town rich in culture and historic architecture. Located 50 miles from Colorado Springs at the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and the entrance to the Royal Gorge, locals and visitors alike enjoy this area for some of the state's best hiking, widllife and river sports like rafting and fishing. Learn more about our hospital and life in Southern Colorado by visitinghttp://www.stmhospital.org/.
The Surgical Tech works under the supervision of the surgeon and RN. Assists surgical team during operative procedures by arranging and inventorying sterile set-up of instruments, equipment and supplies for surgical cases and passing items to surgeons and nurses as needed. Assists in preparing and moving patients and sterilizing and cleaning instruments, equipment and rooms.
High School Diploma or GED
Completion of an approved Surgical Technician program
Minimum Experience Requirements
Basic Computer skills required.
One year of experience in a surgical setting preferred.
Experience in a specialty field preferred.
Basic Life Support (BLS) from American Heart Association
Current registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as a surgical technologist for associates working in Colorado. * A person performing Surgical Tech functions within the scope of another Colorado license, certification, or registration does not need to register as a Surgical Tech.
Certification in Surgical Technology from the National Board Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(NBSTSA) or Certification as a Tech in Surgery from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)
Job Responsibilities (essential functions identified with a * )
Uses physician preference card to identify supplies and equipment needed for the scheduled surgical or emergency procedures. Updates preference cards with any necessary changes.*
Sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure.*
Prepares solutions and medications used. Properly labels and reports amounts used for charting.*
Prepare back table and mayo stand anticipating needs of the surgeon and through the use of the surgeon’s preference card.*
Provides supplies or equipment upon request for the surgeon, nurses and/or anesthesiologist.*
Holds retractors or instruments, sponges or suctions operative site, applies electrocautery to clamps on bleeders, cuts suture material, connects drains to suction apparatus and applies dressings to a wound.*
Assist with draping sterile field; drapes and covers operating and instrument tables.*
Performs appropriate counts with circulator prior to the operation, before incision is closed and as needed.*
Delivers surgical specimens/cultures from operative field to circulating nurse.*
Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure by checking package integrity, indicators and opening procedures.*
Prepares and sterilizes supplies and equipment used in surgical procedures.*
Reviews and replaces supplies in the surgical case following a procedure. Discards expired medications per protocol.*
Assists with terminal cleaning of operating room. Puts equipment, supplies and instruments away as required.
Assists in prepping room for the next patient.*
Ability to provide on-call coverage outside of standard scheduled hours per department and/or facility policy.*
Effectively communicates with surgeon and nursing staff. *
Anticipates possible problems or complications that could arise during case. Adjusts quickly and prepares for emergent cases that change work flow. *
Performs all duties in a conscientious, courteous and caring manner to maintain positive customer relations. *
Maintains efficiency under stress and with irregular working hours. *
Adheres to department procedures and acceptable protocols. *
Applies knowledge of the dress code related to Standard Precautions and consistently wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). *
Reports any life safety issues, environmental concerns or process deviation to immediate supervisor. *
Participates in quality improvement, evidence based practice and research activities. *
Participates in professional and program development by attending department in-services, meetings and by sharing professional expertise to enhance quality of patient care and staff development. Seeks specialty service learning opportunities and growth for advancement.
Assists with the education of new staff and students. *
Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *
Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. *
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned.
Medium Work - (Exert up to 50lbs force occasionally, and/or up to 20lbs frequently, and/or up to 10lbs constantly)
Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
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