Certified Surgical Tech I - Operating Room-Main (0.9FTE, Rotating)

Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: 
Req: 13825
FTE: 0.9

Clinical Services

0.9 FTE, 12 Hour Rotating Shift

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.


Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job. 

The Surgical technologist demonstrates behaviors in concert with LPCHS Mission, Values, Policies and Procedures.  S/he acts as a member of the surgical team providing patient care to the patients undergoing surgical procedures in a variety of areas by assisting the surgeon with instrumentation.  S/he prepares the appropriate instrumentation and materials for use during and on the surgical field, passing instruments.  S/he assists with room turnover.  Performs other scrub duties as directed, under supervision.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.

•    Anticipates the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments, supplies and equipment in a timely manner.

•    Provides surgical support to physicians and patients undergoing a surgical procedure in a variety of surgical specialties that may include, but not limited to general surgery, urology, plastics, ortho, transplant, neuro, ENT/ aero-digestive, G.I., bariatrics,  and GYN. 

•    Adheres to all policies and practices for safe identification and handling of specimens and medications. Has knowledge of medications and its intended use on the field. Is aware of patients' weight and maximum doses of medication when appropriate, Is aware and knows patient allergies.

•    Handles specimens and medications using correct technique and according to departmental policy and procedure.

•    Provides information related to care/preparation of surgical instruments/equipment for sterilization/disinfection procedures.

•    Performs the necessary surgical counts on sharps, small items, instruments and sponges with the circulating nurse prior to opening, during, and after closing the incision.

•    Prepares the surgical field by opening correct supplies and preparing instruments and equipment needed for the scheduled case. Assures all materials are available and in working order and verifies own skill in using equipment correctly.

•    Maintains all annual requirements, competencies, and professional development.

•    Provides indirect patient care activities such as patient transportation.  Assist with standard work and cleaning at completion of procedure.

•    Maintains aseptic technique: actively monitors situations that could lead to a breach in aseptic technique.  Communicates and immediately corrects breaks in aseptic technique.

•    Ensures that equipment is functioning properly and immediately notifies appropriate personnel of any problems.  Tests equipment prior to use on field. Adheres to the LPCHS unit policies in regards to equipment maintenance.

•    Assists with restraining uncooperative/combative patient in a safe manner.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Completion of an accredited program recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or formal structure surgical program, (e.g., military services)

Experience: None required.

Licensure/Certification: BLS- Current American Heart Association Certification for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

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CST - Certified Surgical Technologist

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

•    Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions.

•    Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus.

•    Ability to solve problems and identify solutions.

•    Ability to speak/write effectively at a level appropriate for the job.

•    Knowledge and theoretical understanding of normal/abnormal anatomy/physiology.

•    Knowledge and understanding of surgical procedures to anticipate needs/request from surgeons.

•    Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area.

•    Knowledge of general safety procedures.

•    Ability to use judgment to determine own work flow.

•    Ability to provide appropriate care based on the needs of the individual taking into consideration age, culture, and developmental issues.

•    Knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology, anticipates and responds to needs of surgeons by requesting instruments/supplies based on procedure and case progress.

•    In collaboration with ANM/Education sets realistic and measureable goals for performance plan and improvement.

Physical Requirements

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.