Assist the surgical team before, during and after surgery. Ensures operating suites are adequately prepared for procedures. Cleans and sterilizes surgical instruments. Participates in departmental staff meetings and performance improvement activities.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Interacts professionally with patient and family.
Closely observes patient with minimal disturbance.
Provides patient with explanations and verbal reassurance, as necessary.
Adapts procedures to meet individual needs of neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients for treatment.
Prepares room in a timely manner with all anticipated instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment for each individual surgical procedure.
Demonstrates competence in care of specimens and accurately handles specimens at all times.
Post OR charges accurately and in a timely manner as directed.
Assists in positioning, prepping and draping of patients for surgical procedures
Accurately completes operating room counts (instruments, sponges, needles); follows proper procedure in the event of incorrect count; reports all discrepancies to Circulating RN and surgeon and/or corrects immediately.
Carries out medical/surgical asepsis before during and after treatments/procedures.
Checks all equipment/instruments needed, prior to each procedure to ensure proper functioning.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Sets up, scrubs and prepares for procedures prior to scheduled time, unless otherwise directed by Circulating RN or Nurse Manager.
Performs services requiring technical or manual skills under the direction of Circulating RN.
Anticipates needs of surgeon during intraoperative phase.
Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after last case; restocks supplies, when necessary and organizes effectively for end-of-case clean up.
Is fully responsible for care of instruments/equipment during intra/postoperative phase, including cleaning and processing of instruments. Follows written procedures for steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and biological monitoring
Consults with other staff members, when in question or unfamiliar with equipment or procedure
Regularly collaborates with other members of the nursing team, in order to maintain equipment and supplies for surgical procedures.
Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts and good judgment (assigned case and instruments and/or trays to be pulled for the procedure) within the CST scope of practice.
Certification in surgical technology required. Central Sterile experience preferred. First Assistant experience preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Full-time position with benefits. Sign-on/relocation bonus available.
Steele Memorial Medical Center (SMMC) is a not-for-profit, 18-bed Critical Access Hospital and associated Rural Health Clinic delivering comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors of the beautiful Salmon and Lemhi River Valley and surrounding areas. SMMC's highly skilled providers and employees are committed to delivering compassionate healthcare to each and every patient. Our organizatio...n consists of: 4 Family Practice Physicians, 1 OB/GYN Physician, 1 General Surgeon, 1 Orthopedic Surgeon, 2 Nurse Practitioners & 2 Physician Assistants.
About Salmon, Idaho:
Salmon, Idaho is a small rural community nestled in the mountains of Central Idaho just south of the Continental Divide. Located along the Salmon River, the town is proud of its rich history that includes strong traditions of mining, lumbering, and family ranching. Salmon is a friendly family-oriented western town in the heart of cowboy country, and is well grounded in its traditional heritage. You will begin to understand why the Salmon Valley is so special when you observe the pristine scenery, the abundance of wildlife, and the variety of outdoor activities available at your doorstep. Whether you are looking for a family weekend getaway or a safe and friendly place to raise your children, Salmon is your destination.