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Surgical Tech II - Days w/ Weekend Rotation

at Hospital Corporation of America

Posted: 2/22/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 25960-61970

Job Description

Heart Hospital of Austin is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. Heart Hospital of Austin —home to one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research programs in the world—is a 58- bed hospital with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, an advanced Executive Wellness Program, five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiology labs. It is one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Healthgrades awarded Heart Hospital of Austin, in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center, the 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™, 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™—a unique trio of awards that only three hospitals in the nation were able to achieve. Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for nine years and to Truven's list of 100 Top Hospitals for four years, in conjunction with St. David's Medical Center.
This position assists professional staff in providing care for the operative patient before, during and after surgery.  This position requires thorough surgical knowledge and expertise to insure proper instrumentation and supplies are available on the surgical field and/or in the operating room where the procedure is to be performed. This position helps the sterile operative team, performs scrub and circulating duties in the operating room, performs routine and specialized housekeeping activities, and applies principles of asepsis, infection control and medical ethics. This position will also be responsible for training newly assigned personnel.  Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.


Patient Care
  • Actively participates in direct patient care and ensures a safe and comforting environment.          
  • Assures that patient equipment and supplies are available and in operating condition.       
  • Performs clinical quality improvement activities such as patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction and staff satisfaction.
  • Prepares Operating Room and equipment by opening sterile supplies and instrumentation for procedures to be performed.
  • Demonstrates proficiency to operate and/or apply surgical equipment and instrumentation.          
  • Assumes responsibility to maintain sterile technique and apply principles of infection control and medical ethics.
  • Functions as Scrub Assistant when needed; is able to assume primary and secondary scrub duties.                                            
  • Demonstrates proficiency in interpreting patient status information during procedures.     
  • Assists with specific and safe positioning of patient on OR table.   
  • Anticipates needs of the surgeon with little or no prompting.          
  • Interprets and relays physician orders/requests to other team members.      
  • Assists nursing staff with preoperative patient preparation.             
  • Counts sponges, and related items with circulating nurse before and during surgical procedures.  
  • Assists operative team with donning sterile gown/gloves and applying sterile drapes to surgical field.                             
  • Cares for surgical specimens on the sterile field.                              
  • Maintains sterile field in an organized manner so anyone can utilize at any time during the procedure.                
  • Assists in transportation of patient to OR and/or PACU.                  
  • Demonstrates ability to react calmly and effectively in an emergency situation.
  • Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure.  Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards. 
Staff/Unit Responsibilities
  • Uses resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.                 
  • Participates in peer review.                                                               
  • Participates in developing other staff and affiliating students.         
  • Maintains and develops own competencies.                                     
  • Maintains and promotes a team spirit through active cooperation and collaboration.            
  • Assists in interdepartmental service coordination.
  • Actively participates in the Performance Improvement and Utilization Review programs.
  • Assumes a role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery system.     
  • Attends 80% of in-services and departmental meetings.                  
  • Effectively prioritizes assignments.                                                  
  • Keeps Team Leader informed of problems, recommends solutions. 
  • Adheres to dress code, conduct and attendance policies.                  
  • Accepts both positive and negative constructive feedback.              
  • Attends at least 80% of in-services and departmental meetings.      
  • Demonstrates a supportive/positive attitude toward the hospital and fellow employees – is a positive team member.
  • Expresses self in an organized, comprehensive, articulate and concise manner. 
  • Develops specific work plans and due dates.                                    
  • Follows through on planned assignments within assigned timeframes.       
  • Effectively prioritizes assignments.                                                  
  • Demonstrates a willingness to accept extra assignments.                 
  • Adjusts to change, work pressures or different situations without undue stress.      
  • Demonstrates skill in developing improvements in work methods.
  • Effective in cost control and resource utilization. 
Key Relationships
  • Maintains positive relationships with internal customers. Is effective in interacting with and problem solving.
  • Maintains positive relationships with external customers. Is effective in interacting with and problem solving.
  • Proactive in meeting customer's needs. Responds promptly to customer needs or requests.           
  • Keeps Team Leader informed of problems, recommends solutions.
  • Participates in education/development of peers and other staff 
Annual Requirements
  • SDH Annual Education                                                                     
  • Attendance Requirements                                                                  
  • Adheres to Department Dress Code                                                  
  • Code of Conduct Refresher Course
  • Other
    • Annual Competency Training (if applicable)                        
    • BLS (if required)                                                                   
    • ACLS (if required)                                                                
    • PALS (if required)



  • Education: High school graduate or equivalent. Graduate from an accredited educational program for Surgical Technologist.
  • Licensure/Certification: Valid certificate from Surgical Technologist program OR Has completed an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States or in the United States Public Health Service. For surgical technologist not meeting the education requirements above: Was employed to practice surgical technology in a health care facility before September 1, 2009 OR Is in the service of the federal government, to the extent the person is performing duties related to that service. Current BLS certification required upon hire.
  • Experience: Related experience or training in surgical technician curriculum.