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Steward Health Care System Surgical Technician- Per Diem with On Call Requirements in Dorchester, Massachusetts

At Steward Health Care System, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by delivering exceptional, personalized health care with dignity, compassion and respect. Our continued focus on the patient experience informs our caregivers in how to provide care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient and family preferences, needs and values.

We dedicate ourselves in the communities we serve to delivering affordable health care to all and being responsible partners. No matter what your role, as a member of the Steward family, you are a specialist in the making every patient and family feel right at home, every co-worker a key to our success, and every referring practice, a team of prized colleagues.

In support of this, we commit ourselves to the following values:

Compassion

Accountability

Respect

Excellence

Stewardship

If you are seeking a fast-paced, challenging position in an organization committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do, our organization may be a good fit for you.

Union Benefits to help you live well!

  • Low cost Medical/Prescription Drug Insurance through BCBS

  • Dental and Vision Insurance

  • 401k via Fidelity for eligible employees with company match

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Worldwide Travel Assistance

  • Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance

  • Auto and Home Insurance

  • Hospital Indemnity Insurance

DEPARTMENT: Operating Room

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Surgical Technician is an individual who is assigned to and responsible for direct and indirect care during the inter-operative phase of the patient’s surgical experience. The Surgical Technician practices within the guidelines on the policies and procedures of Steward Carney Hospital.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Utilizes knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the lifespan when assisting in preparing the patient for surgery. Uses a courteous manner

Greets patient within ten seconds of arrival, introduces self and answers questions pleasantly

Transfers and positions patient according to departmental guidelines, maintaining patient comfort safety and privacy

Prepares operating room with the supplies and equipment appropriate to the scheduled case

Gathers supplies for up to ten cases per day according to surgeon’s preference cards and completes set-up by the time patient is prepped

Opens supplies using a septic technique guidelines

Scrubs and dons surgical garb in accordance with department policy

Sets up instruments, linens, sutures in accordance with O.R. policy

Conducts instrument, sponge and needle counts

Conducts instrument, sponge, and needle counts in accordance with O.R. policy and in conjunction with RN prior to incision and prior to closure

Handles instruments correctly during surgery

Monitors progress of case and anticipates instrument(s) surgeon will need

Maintains neatness and cleanliness of table throughout surgery, cleaning instruments as needed

Assists surgeon by appropriately handing instruments to him/her. Complies with other requests from surgeon such as suctioning, holding retractors, etc

Practices aseptic technique as per O.R. policy 100% of the time

Checks integrity of wrappers, expiration dates and sterility indicators ongoing per case

Monitors self and surgical team for breaks in technique ongoing per case

Practices care of specimens from each case in accordance with pathology requirements so that all specimens are handed off surgical field by end of case

Receives specimens from surgeon throughout case and gently places in appropriate solution in accordance with pathology requirements

Passes specimen off the sterile field to RN without breaking sterile technique

Assists in identifying specimen for labeling purposes by relaying labeling information from surgeon to RN

Washes and prepares instruments for sterilization after each case and assists in decontamination of O.R. prior to next case

Washes instruments and equipment with designated cleaning agent in accordance with O.R. policy

Disposes of dirty linen, trash and needles/sharps in accordance with universal precautions

Puts extra unused supplies away in designate area

Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.

  1. Commits to recognize and respect cultural diversity for all customers (internal and external).

    1. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers with respect of differences in cultures, values, beliefs and ages, utilizing interpreters when needed

Performs other duties as assigned

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from infancy through adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics

Must possess the ability to anticipate the surgical needs of the patients age and to interpret appropriate information required to identify each patient’s requirements relative to his/her age specific needs

Demonstrate good judgment and problem solving skills

Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills

Education: Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technician program

Experience: One year previous experience preferred. Newly graduated Surgical Technicians will be accepted only after careful review of surgical experience and scholastic achievement.

Certification/Licensure: Certification as a Surgical Technician by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) required

Per Diem Commitment Required-

All Per Diem staff must be available to work the equivalent of:

  • Twelve (12) weekend shifts per year, which may be in the form of on-call upon the needs of the department, and;

  • Two (2) holiday shifts per year, one summer (Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day), and one winter (Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New year’s), and;

  • Two (2) shifts per month

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