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Certified Surgical Technologist

Aspen Valley Hospital

This is a Contract position in Twin Lakes, CO posted July 1, 2020.

Full-time with full benefits. Highly competitive pay. Generous relocation / sign on bonus & temporary housing available. Recent experience as a Scrub Tech / Surgical Tech is required for this role.

Maintains sterile field and instrumentation for all surgical procedures. Prepares the operating room and supplies for each surgical case in a neat and efficient manner. The CST will communicate with all other members of the Perioperative team to give the highest standard of care according to AORN standards for patients in the intraoperative period. The CST works collaboratively with co-workers, stocks and orders of supplies for department. The CST provides additional supportive patient care as directed by others.

The Certified Surgical Tech will be an active member of the entire department, with the ability to help in roles outside of surgically specific job duties if needed. The CST will work collaboratively with others within the department to ensure an efficient, professional and respectful environment. The CST will work with other departments as well, in regards to patient safety and communication.

Primary Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Fully competent in primary role on unit; performs patient and family assessment and problem identification, plans care accordingly, implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved.
  • Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards.
  • Identifies and promotes new learning around changing patient safety standards of practice.
  • Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care.
  • Prioritizes patient’s situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner.
  • Makes value-added resource decision for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment and acuity of care.
  • Always follows all surgical procedures to assure adherence to AORN guidelines for sterile processes and proper instrument preparation and decontamination.
  • Efficiently adapts to new products and procedures and immediately educates co-workers on the use of new equipment.
  • Locates, operates and maintains equipment per procedures.
  • For each case scheduled, arranges and sets up unsterile as well as sterile equipment in adherence to AORN guidelines and per physician’s preference card.
  • Daily provides a safe, clean and well-stocked department.
  • Assists with any specialty case by maintaining stock and ordering specialty items as indicated.
  • Daily, well in advance of need, communicates with Director or charge nurse for any supply, repair and or equipment need.
  • Properly cleans, decontaminates and disposes of all used, contaminated equipment per policy.
  • Delivers equipment safely and in an organized fashion to Sterile Processing for decontamination and sterile processing.
  • Monitors all sterile qualities and indicators for instrumentation and equipment used while maintaining all sterility logs for steam, Sterad and Steris processing.
  • The CST will be responsible for working on Policies and Procedures, Preference Cards and other needed projects as assigned by the Director or Charge Nurse for the department when not engaged in cases.
  • The CST will responsibly document Charges in both the EMR, as well as when Pulling /Taking supplies for cases through Pyxis.
  • The CST will show competency with all equipment, systems or procedures that are performed within the Perioperative Services Department.
  • Assistance with any needed functions within the department. This includes, but is not limited to: Housekeeping Functions, Assisting in Sterile Processing/Instrument Cleaning, Materials Management and Room Stocking, and Floating to other Departments within Perioperative Services or the Hospital if needed. These roles will be assigned by the Charge Nurse or Director as needed.
  • The CST will be dressed in AVH Scrubs at the assigned start of the shift, ready to perform their job duties.
  • The CST will communicate clearly with the Charge Nurse, Director and other staff in regards to plans for procedures, patient flow and personal needs.

POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA

  • Demonstrates the ability to assess and interact with customers of all ages, recognizing language and learning barriers, and technology challenges.
  • Able to state his/her duties during a code pink drill.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years recent O.R. experience required
  • Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail required
  • Relatively high degree of analytical abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to work independently required
  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English required

Education/Certification Requirements:

  • Current Colorado scrub tech license required
  • Current BLS certification required
  • Surgery Tech NCCT preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Normal patient care environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust and temperature
  • May be exposed to communicable diseases through normal or careless performance of responsibilities
  • May be exposed to mechanical dangers associated with mechanical devices