The Operating Room technician is responsible for the provision of patient care activities and related non-professional services necessary for the care of patient and the maintenance of the operating room under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- The Operating Room Technician is responsible for participating in the nursing process in all aspects of the delivery of patient care and completion of all activities according to established policy, procedure and protocol.
- Communicates accurate and timely information to the Registered Nurse regarding patient in their care.
- Records pertinent information clearly, accurately, and in a timely manner.
- Demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with patients, significant others, and co-workers.
- Utilizes appropriate lines of communication. Utilizes appropriate technique intraoperatively by: o Set up of needed items for patient care.
- Demonstrating knowledge of a variety of surgical procedures. o Gathering supplies, x-rays and instruments/equipment for cases. Handles instruments appropriately.
- Maintains strict sterile technique.
- Demonstrates ability to circulate under direction of Registered Nurse by:
- Appraises cleanliness of rooms and proper functioning of equipment.
- Sets up needed equipment pertinent to patient care.
- Assists anesthesia intraoperatively.Carefully preps surgical site.
- Assists in proper patient positioning.
- Prepares and labels specimens correctly.
- Accompanies patient and anesthesia to PACU.
- Demonstrates knowledge of a variety of surgical procedures.
- Performs additional duties as needed.
- Under direction of Registered Nurse, organizes a plan of care that incorporates physician prescribed treatments, nursing assessments and diagnostic data in a manner that: o Is prioritized. o Is timely. o Is integrated with the surgical plan of care
- Under the direction of the Registered Nurse, implements, documents and evaluates the plan of care in a manner that:
- Reflects management of identified problems.
- Reflects observations of patient’s response to treatment.
- Integrates physician’s orders into the plan.
- Demonstrates appropriate prioritization.
- Reflects collaboration with physicians and other members of the team
- Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate administration of medications and treatments according to policy, procedure and protocol.
- Reevaluates and modifies the plan of care as indicated.
- Accepts responsibility for nursing activities related to the care of the patient within the operating room.
- Demonstrates appropriate judgment and decision making skills.
- Serves as a preceptor and orients new members of the surgical team.
- Acts as the patient’s advocate in meeting his/her physical and psychological needs.
- Demonstrates effective communication skills and the ability to recognize and intervene in stressful situations involving the patient, significant other and/or team members.
- Creates and maintains a safe and comfortable environment in which surgery can take place.
- Required: Graduate of Accredited Surgical Technology Program or equivalent on-the-job-training and at least 2 years’ experience.
- Two (2) years’ experience required.
Licenses and Certifications
- BCLS certification within 6 months of hire.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to adequately perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of patients or employees of organization.
Reasoning Skills and Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the following general knowledge
- Understanding and commitment to the mission, values, and philosophy of organization.
- Knowledge and skills to provide patient care appropriate to specific location and patient population.
- Ability to function effectively in stressful situations.
- Ability to communicate in verbal and written methods.
- Ability and willingness to adjust schedule (trade or work extra) to meet the needs of center.
- Ability to work under supervision as well as ability to oversee others.
To perform the job successfully an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
- Decision Making/Decisiveness-Making and taking responsibility for, and demonstrating commitment to appropriate decisions in a timely manner. Ensuring that decisions are made based on policies, rules and organizational directives and solving the emerging problems.
Understanding and applying formal evaluation methodologies such as those used in the fields of pure and applied sciences, computer science, education, psychology, law accounting, business or quality assurance.
- Teamwork/Cooperation-Readily sharing information, knowledge and personal strengths. Seeking to understand and building on differing perspectives of others to enhance team efficiency and quality outcomes.
- Values and Ethics-Serving the Company with integrity and respect in personal and organizational practices. Includes respecting democratic, professional, ethical and people values. Building respectful, bilingual, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Ensuring decisions and transactions are transparent and fair. Holding themselves, their employee and their department accountable for their actions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.