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Surgical Technologist

Job ID: 86938
Location: Kinston, NC
Facility/Division: UNC Lenoir Health Care
Status: Full Time
Shift: Day Job

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Job Description


Become part of an inclusive organization with over 40,000 diverse employees, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the unique communities we serve.


The Surgical Technologist is that part of the Operating Room team who provides and performs technical skills under the direct supervision of a physician or a registered nurse. This person assists the registered nurse in creating a safe supportive and comforting environment for the patient in surgery.


1. Meets patients’ surgical needs.

a. Sets up surgical back table with appropriate instrumentation, supplies and drapes for specified procedure.

    1. Utilizes surgeon preference cards in conjunction with circulating nurse to pull surgical cases.
    2. Provides proper and accurate instrument, sponge and sharp counts as prescribed by policy.
      • Surgical suites are properly prepared and ready to receive patients according to surgical procedure and surgeon. Instrument, sponge and sharp counts will be accurate and performed according to policy. Patients will be prepped, draped and prepared for surgery with regard for privacy , modesty and sterility

2. Ensures a safe, secure surgical environment.

    1. Ensures all sharps, instruments and sponges are properly counted and then disposed of according to policy.
    2. Checks all equipment prior to use in conjunction with circulator to ensure proper functional ability. Reporting any defective or broken . instruments or equipment.
    3. Maintains universal precautions.
    4. Assists housekeeping in cleaning rooms between cases.
    5. Uses personal protective equipment in handling all contaminated items and for each surgical procedure.
    6. Maintains traffic patterns.
      • Universal precautions are utilized at all times. Infection control policies are observed. Rooms are clean and equipment is inspected prior to each procedure. All sharp, instrument and sponge count results are documented according to policy. Corridors remain clear and unobstructed.

3. Maintains a sterile field.

    1. Scrubs hands according to policy.
    2. Ensures the integrity of all sterile items is intact prior to use.
    3. Gowns and gloves in a sterile manner.
    4. Sets up back table and sterile field according to policy.
    5. Preps and drapes patient according to surgical procedure.
    6. Remains in a sterile field of performance.
    7. Observes surroundings continually
      • Sterile standards are upheld at all times. The integrity of the sterile field is not compromised

4. Nurtures and refines professional skills.

    1. Attends in-service classes on all new equipment and items introduced into the OR.
    2. Is self motivated to observe surgical procedures not familiar with.
    3. Takes down sets to learn instrumentation.
    4. Reviews standards of sterility as required.
    5. Maintains current licensure as applies.
      • Professional skills will be maintained at the highest standard. Initiative and motivation are expected.
  1. Cleans and decontaminates instrumentation for sterilization.
    1. Operates washer / decontaminator to remove gross contaminates from instruments.
    2. Manually washes instruments that are unsuitable for washer/ decontaminator.
    3. Uses PPE in handling instruments.
    4. Checks instruments for cleanliness prior to wrapping for sterilization
      • Instruments are clean and free of contaminants. Instrument sets are properly arranged and wrapped. Sharps are disposed of according to policy. Hazardous waste is disposed of in proper containers.

6. Prepares Instruments for sterilization.

    1. Checks instruments to ensure proper functioning.
    2. Ensures instruments sets are complete.
    3. Lubricates instruments as required.
    4. Replaces and reports defective instruments.
    5. Wraps sets according to policy.
    6. Runs and monitors biological indicators for autoclaves documenting results and steris.
      • Instruments are free of defects. Sets are complete, wrapped and properly processed. Autoclaves are tested and functioning appropriate. Cold sterilization fluids are monitored and effective with proper documentation of such.

7. Maintains and provides sterile area and supplies

    1. Monitors sterile supplies for continuity.
    2. Monitors biological indicators of flashed sterilized item..
    3. Checks expiration dates of medications, instrumentation and supplies as needed with event related sterility.
    4. Flash sterilizes instruments as required.
    5. Maintains documentation of autoclave / Steris uses.
      • Sterile supplies are intact. All items are within expiration date standards. Flash items are sterilized according to policy. Autoclave / Steris log documents uses.

8. Assists in maintaining cost efficiency stock.

    1. Monitors supply and demand of items used in conjunction with O.R. Materials Coordinator.
    2. Orders in-house stock.
    3. Maintains stock medications, monitoring usage and charges.
      • Cost efficiency is the focus of supply in the OR. Staff members of the OR are aware of cost-containment.

Other information:

    • 1. High School graduate. 2. Graduate of approved operating room course for surgical technologist preferred.
    • Previous experience preferred but not required.
    • CPR Certification

Job Details

Legal Employer: Lenoir Health

Entity: UNC Lenoir Health Care

Organization Unit: Operating Room

Work Type: Full Time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Work Schedule: Day Job

Location of Job: LENOIR MEM

Exempt From Overtime: Exempt: No

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