Klickitat Valley Health is a small, critical access hospital located in beautiful Goldendale, WA. We are now seeking a motivated scrub tech or RN Surgical Tech to join our fantastic OR team. The Surgical Services department is growing with the addition of our new general surgeon. Currently, the caseload is less than ten cases per week plus one to two days of GI scopes. Candidates should be self-motivated and eager to help build the surgery practice at KVH.
This position offers thirty two hours per week (Monday through Thursday) and is eligible for the Full-time Benefits Package.
This position may require call, this is coordinated with the surgeon and OR crew.
The Certified Scrub Technician/Scrub Technician (CST/ST) is responsible to provide the patient considerate and respectful care in the operating room (OR). The CST/ST is responsible for the preparation of the necessary sterile instruments, supplies and equipment; maintaining the sterile field during the surgical procedure; handling a variety of equipment requiring manual dexterity and efficiency and preparing the operating room for surgical procedures; anticipates and responds to the needs of the surgical team. The CST/ST demonstrates excellence in customer service during interactions with employees, managers/supervisors, physicians, patients and patient family members, etc. The CST/ST is aware of the potential exposure to internal and external hazardous materials, including but not limited to: blood and blood borne pathogens, infectious/communicable diseases, potential physical injury while caring for patients. Maintains a safe and clean environment for the care of the patient.
GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Supports the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Prepares, assembles and organizes sterile instruments, equipment, supplies, dressings, and the surgical field for the procedure; functions as a scrub assistant in major and minor procedures in accordance with the procedure book.
Assist the surgeon/surgery team during surgery with holding scopes or instruments as directed by the surgeon within the scope of practice, as well as providing instruments and supplies during the procedure; assists with the placement of sterile drapes.
Monitors and maintains the integrity, safety and efficiency of the sterile field throughout the surgical procedure; speaks up and/or takes corrective action as needed to maintain sterility/patient safety.
Properly identifies and preserves specimens received during surgery according to hospital policy and procedure.
Participates in appropriate sponge/instrument/needle counts with Circulating Registered Nurse.
Assist Circulating Registered Nurse in keeping an accurate accounting of specialty items used in the respective operating room so all the specialty supplies can be reordered and restocked.
Cleans, inspects, wraps and sterilizes instruments and equipment.
Transports contaminated instruments and equipment to decontaminated area for cleaning/serialization.
Assists with ordering and restocking of instruments and supplies, and restocking speciality cart as needed.
Keep the surgeons preferences cards current.
Participates in training and maintaining knowledge of current/latest surgical procedures and techniques, instrumentation and serialization.
May assist with post-procedure cleaning of the surgery area in preparation of subsequent patients as needed.
Protects the patients rights, dignity and respect.
Follows hospital policy when disposing of biohazardous materials, labeling and handling of all materials.
Comply with all hospital policy and procedures, while upholding the high expectations of KVH.
Attends a minimum of 50% of nursing staffing meetings and 100% of mandatory in-services.
Completes initial and annual skills competencies.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education, Training & Experience (includes licenses or certifications):
High school diploma or GED required.
Graduate from an accredited surgical technology program or another learning program which is acceptable to the Director of Nursing Services (DNS) and Human Resources.
National certification by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) as Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) strongly preferred
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
One year perioperative service experience required.
Demonstrate the knowledge of the principles of growth and development to provide care and service according to the identified age specific needs of patients served in the hospital surgical department.
Requires critical thinking skills, ability to make good decisions, listen and accept advice from others, demonstrate maturity and good judgement and the ability to work with regular supervision.
Demonstrate a through working knowledge of surgical interventions/procedures, Aseptic techniques, instrumentation and sterilization process.
Demonstrates knowledge of the function, set-up, use, storage location of: surgical supplies, instruments, specialty trays, electronic equipment, etc. and is responsible for troubleshooting operational problems of surgical equipment.
Perform various sensory requirements such as: vision, speech, smell, touch, manual dexterity, fine motor skills and hearing in order to assess and treat the patient accurately.
Promote/develop/deliver excellent customer service to both internal (patients and staff) and external customers (visitors and vendors).
Demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians, volunteers and the community.
Work productively, cohesively within a team and resolve conflict/differences in a positive manner.
Work in a stressful, fast-paced/demanding environment and take appropriate action to ensure quality of patient care, ability to cope with both physical and emotional demands of the job.
Maintain a calm and composed manner in emergency/stressful situations, taking appropriate action as necessary.
Demonstrate attention to detail and high degree of accuracy, risk of error could result in significant harm or loss.
Experience with using everyday computer electronic technology tools (e.g., email, data retrieval, voicemail, and internet/intranet) as well as ability to effectively utilize an electronic medical record (EMR), as well as use/handle all medical equipment/instruments utilized in the care of the patient.
Adaptability is essential to manage the needs of a department with unpredictable volume and limited staff.