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Tufts Medicine Surgical Technician (U) - Operating Room in Melrose, Massachusetts

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Job Profile Summary

This role focuses on providing medical and clinical support services to patients. In addition, this role focuses on performing the following Surgical Services duties: Responsible for medical services involving the excision or incision of a patient's body, such as interventional pain management and other procedures. This position also works to provide a safe environment for patients undergoing invasive procedures or surgery. A clinical technologist role that has specialized knowledge or skills gained through a combination of vocational education, training, and experience. This role will be most commonly applied to patient care and/or scientific/laboratory jobs. An experienced level role requiring basic knowledge of job procedures and tools obtained through work experience and requiring vocational or technical education. Works under moderate supervision, works through problems of a routine nature, but may at times require interpretation or deviation from standard procedures and communicates information that requires some explanation or interpretation.

Job Overview

The Surgical Technician, under the guidance of the Registered Nurse, is responsible for the care and safety of surgical patients. This role is responsible for assisting the physician with the preparation of and the technical aspects of the role of the scrub person during surgical procedures.

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications :

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.

  2. Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology Program OR Massachusetts's Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

  3. Surgical Technician certification through an accredited program or within 12 months of completing program.

  4. Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

  5. Two (2) years of Operating Room Experience.

Preferred Qualifications :

  1. Four (4) years of Operating Room Experience.

Duties and Responsibilities : The duties and responsibilities listed below are intended to describe the general nature of work and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.

  1. Assists in the set-up for specific surgical procedures in accordance with established Surgical Services procedures and individual physician preferences. Responsible for updating physician preference cards.

  2. Sets up individual case carts with appropriate instruments and equipment for next day cases. Makes Clinical Practice Leader aware of any problems.

  3. Performs the role of the scrub person during surgical procedures: understands and applies the fundamentals of aseptic technique by maintaining the sterile field, anticipates the surgeon’s needs, passes instruments, knowledge of anatomy, follows proper medication administration, maintains accurate accounts of sponges, sharps, and instruments in conjunction with RN and physicians.

  4. Carries out technical tasks other than cutting, clamping and suturing of tissues.

  5. Applies electrocautery to clamps, not tissue, on bleeders under the supervision of the surgeon.

  6. Adapts to changes in work schedule in a positive, professional manner.

  7. Demonstrates personal initiative in maintaining skill level in all specialties.

  8. Demonstrates cost consciousness in the care and use of equipment and supplies.

  9. Functions effectively in emergency situations.

  10. Assists the RN/Transporter in transferring the patient to designated room, Prepares surgical specimens for circulating nurse to identify and label for clinical laboratory.

  11. May assist anesthesiologist and other personnel in setting up equipment and obtaining emergency or other supplies.

  12. Assists in general cleaning activity of the Operating Room.

  13. Provides “on-call” coverage as required by the Department.

  14. Attends staff meetings and in-services related to department.

  15. Seeks experience to expand and maintain knowledge and skills.

Physical Requirements :

  1. Occasional lifting of 30-35 lbs and turning patients. Prolonged standing and walking. Occasional twisting, bending, reaching, pushing/pulling, sitting, kneeling, and squatting.

  2. Requires manual dexterity using fine hand manipulations for performing procedures and computer keyboard.

  3. Requires ability to see computer screen, reports, and perform assistance in procedures with accuracy. Requires ability to hear instructions from physician and nursing staff.

Skills & Abilities:

  1. Good interpersonal and organizational skills.

  2. Ability to work with detailed, confidential material and information.

  3. Computer experience.

  4. Ability to follow directions and work with precision under pressure.

  5. Maintains sensitivity, maturity and flexibility in coping with difficult situations.

  6. Demonstrates knowledge of operative procedures, equipment and routine.

Tufts Medicine is a leading integrated health system bringing together the best of academic and community healthcare to deliver exceptional, connected and accessible care experiences to consumers across Massachusetts. Comprised of Tufts Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, MelroseWakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford, Care at Home - an expansive home care network, and large integrated physician network. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at Tufts Medicine. Tufts Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation by emailing us at careers@tuftsmedicine.org .

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