The Specialty Lead Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) collaborates with the Specialty Lead Nurse (RN) in the given service specialty to coordinate and plan case set up. This collaboration includes: onboarding of new surgeons, participating in daily plan ahead of meetings, review of schedule, create preference cards, and coordinates supplies. Coordinate with Specialty Lead Nurse and Team Lead daily to ensure staff breaks, lunches, & room turnovers. Functions as a primary preceptor of the specialty. Also works with Central Sterile in coordination of instruments for daily cases. Participate in orientation of staff to specialty team. Participate in VAST committee. While in the OR, assists the surgeon during operative procedures, ensures the operating suite is adequately prepared for the procedure, and participates in the cleaning and sterilization of surgical instruments.
- Schedule Management Coordination with Specialty Lead Nurse: Case review; Preference card changes; Equipment/supply conflict management.
- Instrument management: Assist in managing tray contents, and determining Point of Use competency for service with CS Manager.
- Engage in Day-to-Day operations of assigned rooms: Assist in facilitating your specialty schedule in collaboration of Specilaity RN and Team Lead ; Connect with staff in the rooms about special needs; Help set up and turnover rooms to facilitate quick turn as needed; Help staff, cover breaks and lunches as needed.
- Role Modelling and professional behavior: Help with team/staff meetings, submit items for the agenda, power point, takes minutes; Articulate department initiatives with support; Follow Tidelands Commitment to care and respectful workplace policy; Follow organizational and departmental policies; Serve as a service preceptor as needed to help with the orientation of new staff, new supply or new piece of equipment.
- Materials, Equipment and Capital Management: Provide input into the budget for expense/capital equipment and supply needs; Inventory management; Product trials; Vendor Communication; New equipment/supply
- Demonstrate competence in procedure set up, appropriate preparation of the sterile field.
- Maintain standards of sterilization and principles of asepsis.
- Demonstrates competence in performance and documentation of operating room procedure and counts according to policy, including the proper procedure for incorrect counts.
- Demonstrate competence and accuracy in handling implants and specimens.
- Demonstrates knowledge and compliance in the Universal Protocol.
- Maintains knowledge of equipment and appropriate use.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- At least three (3) years experience as Surgical Technologist required.
- Has performed as a CST Level III for specialty at Tidelands Health or previous equivalent experience.
- Graduate of Surgical Technology program required.
- Certified as Surgical Technologist required.
- American Heart Association Healthcare provider course with Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required to be initially completed with the TH Organizational Development Office within 30 calendar days of hire date (exceptions to obtain certification from a provider other than the TH Organizational Development Office are approved by TH Organizational Development on a case-by-case basis). BLS Recertification is required every two (2) years.
- Active Listening.
- Attention to Detail.
- Coordination & Collaboration with surgical team.
- Problem Solving.
- Critical Thinking.
- Stress management and physical stamina.
Physical Requirements: Medium Physical Agility Test (PAT) Rating
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 20 to 35 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
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.