Location: Kaiser Permanente
Job Category: Nursing
Department: Surgical Tech
- CST License
- BLS certification.
- ACLS certification
- Graduate of an accredited registered nursing program and completion of the current hours required by the BRN of RN student clinical experience or Graduate of registered nursing and either 1) 2000 hours of RN experience in clinical area of specialty from a licensed acute care facility within three (3) years of graduation; or 2) graduate of an accredited licensed vocational nursing program that includes clinical student experience in acute care and has worked 2000 hours as an licensed vocational nurse within the clinical area of specialty within three (3) years before graduation or currently enrolled in an accredited entry level MSN program and has completed pre-licensure requirements to practice nursing.
This senior level position will perform a variety of duties that involve assisting physicians and nurses with the preparation of surgical equipment, direct assistance during operations, and scrub duties and responsibilities in the operating room. Functions as a member of the Preoperative team, transporting patients outside of the department. Maintains aseptic environment within the OR and PACU. Responsible for the care and maintenance of instruments and securing of necessary equipment, instruments and supplies for Perioperative procedures.
- Performs rooming procedure in an efficient and professional manner; ensuring the patient and provider are fully prepared prior to entering the operating room. Assists team members with positing patients properly according to physician specifications. Identifies patient with special needs and provides appropriate assistance. Arranges and inventories sterile set-up of surgical instruments according to scheduled operation Prepares case carts according to physician preference cards to include supplies and sutures.
Assists senior team with surgical procedures.
Identifies and passes instruments to doctors and nurses during operation as neededMaintains a clean and safe patient care environment, following infection control guidelines and unit policies.
- Provides support with post operative assistance. Assists with moving patients to after care support. Provides assistance wit clean up of operation room.
- Manages supplies and equipment checks package integrity and expiration dates. Replenishes supplies according to established par levels within the Surgery Center and Central Supply, including the Specialty carts. Assures that emergency instrument sets/case carts are available.Ensures instruments, supplies and equipment are in proper working order. Reports any irregularities of instruments, supplies or equipment in a timely manner. Rotates supplies according to dates.
- Follows the commitment to excellence and treats patients, families, visitors and each other with courtesy, dignity, respect and professionalism.
- Performs other duties as assigned my senior staff members
Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent Ed/Ex. Current CPR/BLS Certification/AHA.
Meets all of the Tech I requirements. Five years surgical technology experience. Must be NBSTASA Certified
Must demonstrate proficiency in at least 8 of the 10 specified services: General Surgery, Orthopedics, Podiatry, ENT, EYE, Urology, GYN, Vascular, Lithotripsy or Plastics.
Demonstration of continuous learning as evidenced by obtaining certificaitons or a minimum of continuing education related to healthcare.
Must meet at least two of the following additional requirements
1) Certification in a field related to surgical technology practice e.g. The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians ( ASATT) , Certified and Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS), Certified Endoscope Preprocessor (CER) or any other related certification
2) Regularly rotates to secondary roles as assigned e.g. sterile processing, patient transport, assist in PeriOp with room turnover and patient transport, anesthesia tech duties, materials management duties, etc
3) Functions in the role of trainer or preceptor for newly hired technologists existing techs in a new specialty or procedure
Surgical Technologist II must continue to meet the criteria for a level II technologist as outlined above or they will be dropped back down to level I at the time of annual performance review.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity, or expression, ancestry, national origin, age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
The Registered Nurse demonstrates proficiency by exhibiting the following skills, competencies, and behaviors:
- Upholds Kaiser Permanente's Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities, and applicable state, federal and local laws.
- Serves as a leader of the health care team; delegates tasks appropriately, and demonstrates appropriate accountability.
- Understands own and team members scope of practice and escalates issues as appropriate.
- Demonstrates professional, supportive behavior.
- Champions new ideas.
- Leads and directs others through the change process.
- Utilizes communication strategies including chain of command and issue escalation, which result in intended outcomes.
- Participates in problem identification and resolution.
- Mentors, orients, and coaches others in unit specific operations and patient care activities.
- Shares responsibility and authority w/ subordinates and holds him/her accountable for performance.
- Demonstrates ability to problem solve w/ other departments in order to assist member problem resolution.
- Prioritizes, delegates, and supervises work assignments appropriately to ensure completion of patient care activities.
- Complies w/ regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, and standards of practice.
- Develops and/or contributes to the individualized plan of care that reflects assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of that plan.
- Ensures plan shows multidisciplinary planning, consultation, and education.
- Ensures plan is reflective of admission or outpatient database, on-going findings, age appropriate care, cultural specific needs, and appropriate acuity.
- Ensures plan is discussed w/ patient, family/significant others, and completed in a timely manner.
- Monitors the patient's progress based on the plan.
- Revises plan on ongoing basis based on patient condition and evaluation of progress.
- Ensures care meets standards of practice.
- Ensures effective development and completion of discharge plan including discharge barriers and patient/family education.
- Ensures that patient clearly understands discharge instructions.
- In outpatient, identify barriers and needs for patient/family education that will facilitate the outpatient medical mgmt plan.
- Ensures patient safety related but not limited to, medications and procedures utilizing the five rights; patient falls; decubitus prevention and prevention of nosocomial infections.
- Ensures optimal pain control and patient comfort; identifies and discusses patient anxieties, fears or concerns regarding patient condition, treatment or discharge.
- Ensures that patient understands medication purpose, side effects, and administration instructions in the hospital as well as at the time of discharge.
- Charting is accurate, legible, dated, and timed.
- Documentation reflects nursing process and interventions and evaluations taken.
- Utilizes computer systems effectively and efficiently for optimal patient care.
- Discusses patient findings and progress toward outcomes w/ physicians and other members of the health care team.
- Demonstrates competencies during the probationary period and ongoing completion by departmental competency validation.
- Make comprehensive nursing decisions based on interpretation of data, assessments, and evaluations of patient outcomes.
- Participates in departmental performance improvement activities, i.e., planning, measuring/monitoring, assessing, and improving.
- Applies standard precautions.
- Maintains a safe environment for self and others.
Patient Care Experience:
- Practices customer service standards as defined by the Service Area, Medical Center, and specified department.
- Promptly answers call lights, alarms, and patient requests.
- Makes appropriate referrals and facilitates the customer's ability to utilize resources.
- Maintains and protects patient confidentiality.
- Ensures clean, orderly, and functional work environment.
- Treats all families of patients w/ courtesy, respect, kindness and compassion.
- Provides an optimal patient care experience by actively listening to the needs of patients and family members and taking responsibility for meeting those identified needs.
- Gives patients information in a way they can understand and ensures comprehension.
- Provides a patient care experience that exceeds members' expectations.
- Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others.
- Confronts difficult or conflict situations constructively and seeks appropriate assistance.
- Takes accountability for own actions and accepts constructive criticism.
- Acts as a resource, preceptor, and mentor to new employees, registry, students, and other team members.
- Attends all mandatory meetings, in-services and staff meetings as required, actively participates in other departmental professional development (Requirement may vary for per diem staff).
- Participates w/ the assessment of current and future unit learning needs and development of an annual education plan.
- Keeps self- informed of activities on the unit and makes recommendations for change.
- Adheres to Attendance Program.
- Reports to assigned area promptly, being present and available for report at beginning of assigned shift.
- Organizes work to minimize the use of overtime.
- Identifies and assists in systems improvement that needs simplification or correction.
- Utilizes payroll and non-payroll resources to their maximum potential.
Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.