Surgical Tech
Job Details
Humboldt General Hospital - Winnemuca, NV
Full Time
Graduate Degree
Health Care

Position Summary:

Prepares operating rooms for surgery, using appropriate techniques.  Provides technical services and assists in operating room, central supply as assigned and directed.

Position Designation:

The position of Surgical Technician/Scrub Nurse is identified as “department safety-sensitive”.

Department safety-sensitive positions mean employment positions which may in the normal course of business:

  1. Require the employee to operate the company vehicles or heavy equipment, or
  2. Involves duties which, if performed with inattentiveness, errors in judgment, or diminished coordination, dexterity, or composure, may result in mistakes that could present a real and/or imminent threat to the personal health and safety of the employee, co-worker, and/or the public.

Delegation of Authority:

As the Surgical Technician/Scrub Nurse, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.

Performance Evaluation:

Duties and Responsibilities:


1.         Demonstrates clinical competency in assigned area of responsibility.                                         

2.         Supports the hospital medication administration competency programs, and seeks professional growth through continuing education, and/or advanced professional certifications (AORN, ASPAN, CGRN, PALS, etc.)  

3.         Sets up for procedures with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment according to type of case.   

4.         Assists the surgical team during operative procedures. 

5.         Drapes patients and prepares patient’s skin for surgery in accordance with hospital standards.   

6.         Assists in transporting patients to and from surgical suite.  Positions patients according to type of surgery and physician preference.

7.         Assists in maintaining correct count of instruments, sutures and sponges.  

8.         Identifies and cares for specimens according to hospital policy. 

9.         Maintains aseptic techniques; actively monitors situations which could lead to breaches in sterility.   

10.        Provides comfort and support for pre-operative patients by demonstrating sensitivity to patient’s care and privacy.

11.        Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after terminal cleaning.       

12.        Demonstrates competence and professionalism in setting up and assisting with endoscopic procedures such as EGD, Flex-sig, Colonoscopy, or Bronchoscopy.     

13.        Participates in stocking, sorting, or inventory of departmental supplies to ensure appropriate items are readily available for patient care needs.  

14.        Adheres to departmental, hospital and medical chain of commands.       

15.        Is resourceful and calm in emergencies.   

16.        Demonstrates technical competency through annual equipment certification, attending manufacturers’ sponsored in-services, and additional training as required.     

17.        Has completed, or is actively working toward completion of departmental performance-based checklist.     

18.        Has completed, or is actively working toward completion of departmental specific experience record.          

19.        Supports the department by attending, and constructively contributing to staff or other meetings as able/necessary.   

20.        Maintains a clean, organized and safe working environment in both patient areas and the nursing station.  

21.        Maintains harmonious relationship within the unit and with other departments, staff, physicians and other support personnel providing support and                      assistance to ensure quality patient care.

22.        Participates in rotation of stand-by call and responds according to department policies and procedures.    

23.        Maintains confidentiality of all patient/resident/staff information.

24.        Performs other related duties as requested or assigned. 

Position Qualifications:

Preferred Minimum Education:

Must possess a high school diploma.

Vocational/specialized training for surgical technicians.

Required Licensure/Certification

Experience as a surgical tech or current certification as a Certified Surgical Tech, or

Valid Nevada State LPN license with IV certification; or valid Registered Nurse license

Current BLS certification

Personal Qualifications:

Prefer previous experience as surgery tech.

Must be able to read, write and speak the English language in an understandable manner.

Ability and willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.

Able to communicate clearly and tactfully with patients, their families and co-workers.

Must be able to be on standby call and respond according to department policies and procedures

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

Heavy physical effort (lift/carry/push/pull plus 50 lbs)

Prolonged, extensive standing/walking

Manual dexterity and mobility

Able to perform mathematical calculations for medication administration

Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients

Lifts supplies/equipment

Visual acuity with or without correction

Working Conditions: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work typically performed by an employee. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases

Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne disease

Exposed to hazardous anesthetic agents, body fluids and wastes.

Exposed to hazards from electrical/mechanical/power equipment.

Subject to burns and cuts.

Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements.

Exposed to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries and illness).

Subject to varying and unpredictable situations

Subject to long irregular hours

Requires judgment/action which could have a significant impact on a patient’s life

Works in clean, air-conditioned, well-lit environment

Required Protective Equipment:

Gown, medical gloves, face shield as necessary and other equipment as required by OSHA regulations and hospital policy.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt