Grand Itasca
  • 17-Sep-2020 to 13-Aug-2021 (CST)
  • Surgical Services
  • Grand Rapids, MN, USA
  • 23.19 - 28.68
  • Hourly
  • Casual

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, a part of Fairview Health Services, is currently seeking a dedicated Surgical Technologist to join our team! A long-tenured management team that takes a personal interest in every employee is one of the many advantages you'll find here at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital.

POSITION: Surgical Technologist



DEPARTMENT: Surgical Services

Internal posting until 09/24/2020

Nestled in the heart of the Northland, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is the dominant provider of primary care services in the local and surrounding area to include roughly 50,000 people. We're a non-profit organization with a clear vision of being the leader in transforming rural health care by achieving the highest levels of quality, access, and value. Our strength stems from teamwork and collaboration among a talented and diverse group of professionals. With over 600 employees in hundreds of different roles, Grand Itasca can offer a variety of career opportunities.

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team providing surgical care to patients. Surgical technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon who determines what they may or may not do and the OR RN to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

The scrub surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field. Duties are as follows:

1. Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure
2. Scrubs, gowns, and gloves per unit policies
3. Sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure
4. Performs appropriate counts with circulator as per unit policy
5. Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants
6. Helps in draping sterile field
7. Passes instruments, etc., to surgeon during procedure
8. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure
9. Prepares sterile dressings
10. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization
11. Assists other members of team with terminal cleaning of room
12. Assists in prepping room for the next patient
13. Completes a room inspection at the end of every procedure/policy
14. Has the knowledge and experience to perform tasks related to the intra-operative activation of power equipment and electrosurgery unit as necessary to contribute to quality surgical patient outcomes.
15. Has the knowledge and competence to perform fundal pressure under the direct supervision of the surgeon.
16. Has the knowledge and experience related to the intra-operative advancement and movement of the endoscope.
17. Other relevant duties as assigned.

The surgical technologist assisting in circulating obtains additional instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary while the surgical procedure is in progress. He/she monitors conditions in the operating room and constantly assesses the needs of the patient and surgical team. Duties are as follows:

1. Obtains appropriate sterile and unsterile items needed for procedure
2. Opens sterile supplies
3. Checks the patients chart, identifies patient, verifies surgery to be performed with consent forms, and brings patient to assigned operating room.
4. Transfers patient to operating room table
5. Assesses comfort and safety measures and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient
6. Assists anesthesia personnel
7. Positions the patient, using appropriate equipment
8. Applies electrosurgical grounding pads, tourniquets, monitors, etc., before procedure begins.
9. Prepares the patient's skin prior to draping by surgical team
10. Anticipates additional supplies needed during the procedure
11. Properly cares for specimens
12. Secures dressings after incision closure
13. Helps transfer patient from the OR table
14. Assists in cleaning of room and preparing for next patient
15. Performs urinary catheterization when necessary.

Second Assisting Technologist:
The second assisting surgical technologist assists the surgeon during the operative procedure by carrying out technical tasks other than cutting and clamping of tissue. Duties include but are not exclusive to the following:

1. Holds retractors or instruments as directed by the surgeon
2. Sponges or suctions operative site
3. Applies electrocautery to clamps on bleeders
4. Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon
5. Connects drains to suction apparatus
6. Applies dressings to closed wound
7. May be assigned to the sterile processing room as needed.

8. Maintains knowledge of AORN, AST and Joint Commission standards.
9. Responsible for following manufacturer's guidelines when operating an Autoclave.
10. Responsible for following manufacture's guidelines when operating the washer/decontaminator.
11. Responsible for Olympus processor operation following manufacturer guidelines, including diagnostics and record keeping.
12. Responsible for following manufacturer guidelines when operating the Sterrad machine.
13. Prepares and restocks case carts for the OR cases.
14. Shares call with other surgical technicians.
15. Must be able to report to medical facility within 30 minutes.
16. Report any equipment issues to the Charge nurse.

Skin Closure:
Upon completion of an approved skin closure class and competency assessment, the CST or Surgical LPN under the delegatory authority of the surgeon and when performed under the direct supervision and in the physical presence of the surgeon may close the skin incision using suture or skin staples.

1. Successful completion of a Surgical Technologist program accredited by CAAHEP. Certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) or ability to certify in 6 months.
2. BLS certification or ability to attain within six (6) months, and must maintain certification.
3. One year previous Surgical Tech experience preferred. Experience working in sterile processing highly preferred.
4. Demonstrates the ability to manage large volumes of priorities within short time frames, and organizes workload to include respectful communication.
5. Ability to report to the hospital within thirty minutes of notification for call-outs.
6. Must be able to perform the essential physical qualifications of the job.
7. Must be able to demonstrate participation in Grand Itasca's Mission, Vision and Values.

EEO/AA Employer/Vet/Disabled All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any lawfully protected status.

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