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Operating Room Technician

Company: SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison
Location: Madison
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Role Purpose: Under the general direction of the Operating Suite Unit Director and/or Operating Suite Clinical Coordinator, provides assistance as a surgical team member in procuring supplies and instruments for surgical procedures and assists with operative procedures according to hospital policies and procedures. Responsibilities:

  • Fosters, participates and is knowledgeable in Shared Governance as defined at St. Mary's Hospital using the conceptual framework for nursing practice as a guide. Assumes responsibility and accountability for own professional practice, continuing education and competency (i.e., mandatory inservice, staff meetings). Seeks learning opportunities.
  • Shares expertise and knowledge with coworkers and peers. Assists in orientation of new nursing personnel. Supports the activities, decisions and initiative of colleagues.
  • Follows hospital/unit directives; e.g. standards, policies, procedures, protocols. Assumes responsibility for equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Completes documentation according to unit/hospital standards.
  • Assists circulating nurse in preparing for a surgical procedure by establishing sterile field(s) and opening necessary sterile supplies.
  • Under direct supervision of circulating nurse and other surgical team members, may assist with positioning of a patient for surgery.
  • Passes instruments, sponges and sutures to surgeon and assistants as needed. Completes needle, sponge and instrument count with a registered nurse. Shares responsibility with the registered nurse for the handling of surgical specimens.
  • Directly responsible for handling of used and unused instruments at the conclusion of the surgical procedure. Assists in room clean up and prepares room for next case.
  • Punctual for reports/breaks. Uses supplies effectively. Completes work within required shift, i.e., end of shift; OT minimal or nonexistent.
  • Preforms surgical specialty team leader role which includes organizing, facilitating and ensuring that individual surgical specialty areas are effectively operationalized. Monitors the daily operation of the surgical specialty, promoting and assuring a high standard of care. Identifies surgical specialty needs and problems. Works to effectively resolve issues. Assists with ongoing equipment education for other staff members. Requires a minimum of at least 2 years current operating room experience.
  • Performs other duties as requested.
    Minimum Qualifications:
    • Graduate of a technical program for Operating Room Technicians or "equivalent" military/hospital based training.
    • Current employees must maintain BLS certification. New hires must achieve certification within 3 months of hire.
    • Demonstrates evidence of knowledge regarding surgical procedures including anatomy and physiology as it relates to the procedure and equipment and supplies necessary.
    • Knowledge of sterile technique.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Ability to interpret policies and procedures applicable to practice area. Preferred Qualifications:
      • Previous healthcare experience Physical Requirements: Employees in this position are, or can be, required to possess the following physical capabilities:
        • Lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 50 lbs.
        • Stooping, kneeling and/or crouching daily.
        • Standing or walking more than 7 hours a day.
        • Running to respond to patient emergencies.
        • Visual acuity in order to correctly distinguish skin tone variations, evidence of IV infiltration, infection; able to read telemetry, blood pressure gauges, etc.
        • Audio acuity in order to correctly distinguish various body sounds (i.e., respirations, heart tones, bowel sounds).
        • Audio acuity to discern sounds made by various types of machinery or equipment that would indicate dangerous or improper operation. St. Mary's Hospital - Madison - St. Mary's is a 440-bed tertiary referral hospital offering inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnostic services in primary care and nearly all specialties. Medical/surgical areas of special focus include the Family Birth Center, pediatrics, Neuroscience Center, geriatrics, orthopedics, emergency services and more. St. Mary's is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine's three-year family practice residency program. Since 1912, St. Mary's has provided service to much of south-central Wisconsin including Dane County and 17 other nearby counties. In the growing city of Sun Prairie, northeast of Madison, St. Mary's Emergency Clinic provides services to more than 30,000 residents.

Keywords: SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison, Madison , Operating Room Technician, Professions , Madison, Wisconsin

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