Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care provider in Colorado Springs comprised of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Penrose Hospital serves as the anchor hospital of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services with 364-licensed beds and the ability to provide tertiary (high tech) medical-surgical services with an emphasis on elective and outpatient care. Established in 1890, Penrose Hospital has grown to become a major health treatment and referral center, specializing in cancer care, cardiac care, emergency trauma care and physical rehabilitation. In 2008 we opened St. Francis Medical Center to keep pace with the growing needs of the Colorado Springs’ community on the north side of the city. St. Francis Medical Center features 172-beds and offers a modern Birth Center, Level IIIA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Care Unit, Emergency Department, Level III Trauma Center, Imaging Services, Surgical Services, and Critical Care Unit. It is also serves as Southern Colorado’s home base for the Flight For Life® Colorado air medical helicopter service. It’s an incredible time to join us as we celebrate our tenth consecutive year as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” by Healthgrades and Magnet Hospital designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for superior quality in nursing care. With 300+ days of annual sunshine, mild winters and easy access places like Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods and some of Colorado’s top destination resorts, you will enjoy an incredible lifestyle while having the career you’ve always wanted. For more information about Penrose – St. Francis Health Services, visit http://www.penrosestfrancis.org/.
Job Description/Job Posting ID: 130580
Recruiter Contact: MattDevine@centura.org
Clinic/Department: 7211 SFMC SURGERY
Hospital: ST FRANCIS MEDICAL CENTER
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.
Minimum Education Requirements
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 the 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)
Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )
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. *
Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly
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