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Providence Surgical Technician III in Santa Monica, California


Providence is calling a Surgical Technician III (Per Diem/Variable Shift) to Providence Saint Johns Health Center, Santa Monica, CA.

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We are seeking a Surgical Technician III who will be under the general supervision of the circulating registered nurse and in collaboration with the service-line coordinators, clinical supervisors and surgery manager, the surgical technologist III is an individual with demonstrated competence in surgical scrubbing technique(s) who provides scrub services for the department by:

Ensuring the functionality, availability and sterility of OR supplies and equipment prior to the start of the daily caseload. Scrubbing and handling instruments during surgical procedures. Adhering to standards of aseptic technique in all phases of surgical intervention. Demonstrating competence in performing scrub services for a variety of surgical procedures. Assisting service-line coordinators in receiving and stocking supplies/equipment for a cluster of specialties. Reporting variations in stock inventory level(s) to the service-line coordinators and materials management. Communicating opportunities for systems improvement to the service-line coordinators and surgery manager. Participating in selected patient care activities such as room turnover and transporting as needed. Participating in meeting the department's budgetary objectives. Supporting the philosophy, objectives and goals of hospital administration and its representatives.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates competency in selected clinical skills including but not limited to surgical procedures, equipment use and set up, aseptic technique and sterilization standards.

  • Communicates pertinent information to the director, manager, clinical supervisor, service-line coordinator and/or other clinical and non-clinical staff in a timely manner so that problem resolution may take place without delay.

  • Participates in the on-call rotation (as eligible) to provide coverage for after hours, weekend, low-census days during regular business hours and holiday surgical cases, with a requirement to arrive in the department within 30 minutes of being notified by the hospital.

  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional practice in regard to:

  • Attendance, punctuality and patient confidentiality.

  • Positive public relation image and working relationships.

  • Obtaining necessary knowledge and skill needed to maintain competence and certifications.

  • Completing all mandatory requirements.

  • Participates in the development and attainment of team, department and hospital goals including:

  • Attending and participating in team meetings.

  • Volunteering or accepting assignments for projects.

  • Mission, vision and team ground rules.

  • Ability to orient and proctor students and new staff members in surgical service-lines and the department.

  • Assists with surgical procedures as a surgical technologist.

  • Maintains and monitors sterile technique and supplies.

  • Cleans, assembles, and safely operates highly technical equipment.

  • Participates in quality improvement/cost efficiency efforts.

  • Prepares for each surgical procedure utilizing the surgeon's preference card to pick appropriate supplies and equipment that is procedure-specific.

  • Updates preference cards and provides information to service-line coordinator.

  • Demonstrates competency for assembling all equipment and instrumentation relative to competency in identified specialties.

  • Shows care when handling delicate instruments and communicates to the service-line coordinator and the sterile processing department when instruments are broken or in need of repair.

  • Maintains surgical instrument integrity by following best practice for instrument care during the procedure and when transporting to the sterile processing department.

  • Organization of care:

  • Follows standards of conduct during the surgical procedure.

  • Practices aseptic technique.

  • Keeps environment free from hazards.

  • Practices appropriate sharps safety.

  • Participates in counts in compliance with established count policy.

  • Facilitates room turnover and case flow.

  • Demonstrates organizational skills in set-up of surgical field with the ability to anticipate the surgeon's needs.

  • Provides age appropriate care.

  • Assists team in obtaining needed resources for procedures. Makes recommendations to OR manager regarding equipment and supplies.

  • Ensures that appropriate supplies and equipment are available, accounted for and used in a cost-effective manner.

  • Productivity:

  • Organizes, prioritizes and completes activities and assignments in an efficient manner.

  • Demonstrates initiative in assisting others and performing other duties based on skill level and training.

  • Uses all work time productively in work-related activities.

  • Sets up sterile field with all needed instruments, disposables, implants, etc. according to established procedures.

  • Receives and handles all medications, fluids, specimens, etc. on the operative field according to accepted practice and policies/procedures.

  • Carefully checks drapes for instruments prior to properly disposing of them according to established procedures.

  • Assists circulator with proper disposition of reusable and disposable items as well as items to be reprocessed at the end of the case.

Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Completion of an accredited surgical technologist course (not required if more than 10 years of experience).

  • American Heart Association BLS

  • CST (certified surgical technologist)

  • 5 year Experience as a surgical technologist with the ability to competently scrub all regularly performed procedures in seven of the eight core service-line clusters (cardiac, thoracic/vascular, orthopedics, spine, general/urology/gynecology, EENT/plastics/maxillofacial, neuro, robotics). Of the seven service-lines, five must be general/urology/gynecology, orthopedics, spine, neuro and thoracic/vascular. If cardiac is one of the service-lines that can be scrubbed competently, only three other service-lines are required to be able to scrub competently. For internal candidates, the minimum experience can be waived if the ability to scrub in the service-lines as listed above is met.

  • Demonstrated written communication skills

  • Strong verbal communication and listening skills

  • Effective interpersonal skills

  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills

  • Effective conflict management skills

  • Promotes information sharing

  • Assumes personal responsibility for actions

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information

  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure

  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism

  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment

  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills

  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Associate's Degree

About the hospital you will serve:

Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, is part of Providence Health & Services, an integrated, not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, medical clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities in the western United States. Founded in 1942, Providence Saint John’s Health Center enjoys a reputation for clinical excellence across many disciplines.

The 266-bed health center has a medical staff of more than 900 physicians, 1,800 employees and a host of volunteers who share a commitment to providing quality care for all.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details —

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

Requsition ID: 105270
Company: Providence Jobs
Job Category: Surgical/Perioperative Services
Job Function: Clinical Care
Job Schedule: Per-Diem
Job Shift: Variable
Career Track: Clinical Support
Department: 7006 PSJHC SURGERY
Address: CA Santa Monica 2121 Santa Monica Blvd

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