Surgical Technician

Requisition ID
2021-161417
Employment Type
Full Time
Department
Surgery
Hours / Pay Period
80
Shift
Day
Standard Hours
0630-1700
Facility / Process Level : Name
CHI Franciscan St Joseph Medical Center
Location
WA-TACOMA

Overview

In 2020, united in a fierce commitment to deliver the highest quality care and

exceptional patient experience, Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health

came together as natural partners to build a new health system centered

around the patient: Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Our expansive

combined system builds upon the scale and expertise of our nearly 300 sites

of care, including 11 hospitals and nearly 5,000 physicians and providers.

Together, we are empowered to make an even greater impact on the health

and well-being of our communities.

CHI Franciscan and Virginia Mason are now united to build the future of

patient-centered care across the Pacific Northwest. That means a seamlessly

connected system offering quality care close to home. From basic health

needs to the most complex, highly specialized care, our patients can count on

us to meet their needs with convenient access to the region’s most prestigious

experts and innovative treatments and technologies.

 

As the flagship hospital of CHI Franciscan Health, St. Joseph Medical Center continues to be the regional leader in the use of advanced medical technologies and therapies.
The 361-bed regional medical center is a level II trauma center with a robust cardiac surgery program that has recently received Three Star Awards for our thoracic and cardiac programs.  Our main OR suite includes 11 operating rooms (two are cardiac) and an additional 9 operating rooms at the adjacent Walters Day Surgery Center.  We also have two operating rooms at an ambulatory surgery center in nearby Gig Harbor.  Combined, we perform over 16,500 cases per year, including trauma, cardiothoracic, vascular, general, neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, spine, ENT, gynecology.   We provide 24/7 staffing in the main OR.

Our Surgical Services Leadership team includes a Director, 3 Perioperative Clinical Managers, 2 Perianesthesia Clinical managers, a Sterile Processing Manager and an RN Educator.  Combined, these leaders have over 100 years of nursing and leadership experience and they truly enjoy mentoring and developing staff members. 


What We Have To Offer:
• Work for a cardiac surgery team that is nationally recognized for outcome excellence, one of fewer than 20 hospitals nationwide with STS 3-star ratings in aortic valve surgery, mitral valve surgery, and CABG surgery.
• Join a high-volume program that will allow rapid knowledge gains including minimal access mitral surgery, aortic arch and hybrid procedures, and TAVR.
• Over 600 open heart/TAVR procedures performed annually.
• Join a stable team with three experienced cardiac surgeons, dedicated Cardiac Anesthesia, and a patient-centered team approach that puts the patient first and respects the contributions of all team members.
• Join a team that enjoys the support and stability of one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country, Common Spirit Health, which helps provide resources and economies of scale during these uncertain times.
• Faith-based culture with commitment to our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence where we value positive team players
• Shared governance model with a very engaged Unit Based Council
• Collaborative scheduling
• 8 and 10 hour shift options
• Financial support for CNOR certification
• Tuition assistance for advanced degrees
• Opportunities for career growth within the growing and highly successful CHI Franciscan Health system
• Competitive wages, incentives and a generous employee benefits program
• On-site fitness center available 24/7

 

CHI Franciscan Health has exciting and rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits.  We are a family of hospitals, health care services, and medical providers delivering compassionate care to people throughout the South Puget Sound. We are part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.

 

Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach — physical, emotional, and spiritual — is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

 

 

Responsibilities

Incentives: $10K Sign on bonus for experienced external Surgical Tech's new to CHI Franciscan.


Job Summary:
Provides, as an integral part of the medical practitioner team, surgical care to patients to facilitate safe and effective completion of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Under the guidance of surgeons, nurses, or other designated personnel, the incumbent performs  intra-operative duties within the scope of licensure to ensure that the operating room or environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Incumbents are also accountable for utilizing and keeping current on the application of sterile and aseptic technique, surgical procedures, implementation tools and technologies, human anatomy as well as collaborating and communicating effectively with the inter-disciplinary team to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive and therapeutic procedures.

 


Essential Duties:
Prepares the operating room and patient for the surgical procedure by applying principles and techniques of asepsis to work assignments; sets up sterile equipment, instruments, drapes and solutions; assists with scrubbing, preparation of sterile field, gowning/gloving members of the surgical team.
Provides safe handling and care for instruments and specimens in accordance with internal procedures.
Sets up the operating surgeon’s sterile table to include instrument set up, clean up and turnover in preparation for the next case.
Operates sterilization devices, including immediate use containment devices, autoclaves, and other types of sterilizers following the manufacturers’ instructions. Understands the concepts of sterilizer challenge devices and sterilizer biological indicators and their appropriate use, monitoring and tracking.
Identifies emergencies (e.g. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Code 9, and other medical emergencies), and initiates and/or participates in the appropriate response to the situation.
Stocks and replenishes the operating room, preparing it with new sterile items and checking the equipment to make sure it is working properly for the next surgery.
Performs related duties as required.

Qualifications

Job Requirements:
Graduation from surgical technology program accredited through Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology ARC-ST. A minimum of six months in Cardiac Operating Room work experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities is preferred. 

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing may be substituted for graduation from an accredited surgical technician program.
If classified as Surgical Technician:  Maintain Registration with the State of Washington.  Registered nurses and/or practical nurses acting within the scope of their licensure do not need to maintain surgical technologist registration.  
If classified as Surgical Technician, Certified: Current certification through the Association of Surgical Technologists is required.
Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS certification.

 

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