Aug 02, 2021

Senior Certified Surgical Technician (Cardiac) - Surgical Services

  • St. Joseph Health & Covenant Health
  • Mission Viejo, CA, USA

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Certified Surgical Technician for the Surgical Services Department at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.

Location Mission Viejo, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 72 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 12-hour, Days

Job Summary:

Within the identified roles of practitioner, leader, and teacher, the Sr. Certified Surgical Technician possesses the technical expertise to practice at the Surgical Technician levels, and, additionally, demonstrates advance theory and practice in the surgical specialties, including General Surgery, Gynecology, Genitourinary, ENT, Orthopedics, Plastic/Reconstructive, Thoracic, Vascular, Neurosurgery, and Pediatrics. This Surgical Technician position assumes additional responsibility in promoting and improving the quality of intra-operative patient care, participating in the development of technical practice standards and teaching/precepting orientees, students, and colleagues.

Essential Functions:

  • Practitioner: Demonstrates technical expertise in the operating room, including the ability to perform in the scrub and assistant circulator role in the demonstrating the ability to meet the developmental age-related needs of the intra-operative patient. Demonstrates mastery of complex technical skills. Provides consultation to other surgical technical staff on other units, i.e. L&D, as requested. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic and unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.
  • Practitioner: Demonstrates the ability to identify, anticipate, and prepare for the unusual, unique, or less predictable intra-operative surgical problems that the surgeon may encounter that are within the scope of their position. Plans for and prioritizes the supplies and equipment needed by the surgeon based on advanced technical expertise. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic and unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.
  • Practitioner: In collaboration with other operating room team members, reviews procedures, analyzes trends, and participates in/supports changes in the plan of intra-operative care that positively impacts the patient, surgeon, and/or department on an on-going basis.
  • Practitioner: Demonstrates active involvement and participation in activities that contribute to the improvement of patient care and employee and customer satisfaction, i.e. planning, organizing, and participating in community education programs.
  • Teacher: Actively participates in providing orientation, in-service, and continuing education; identifies and selects appropriate patients for care conferences. Initiates and coordinates multi-disciplinary conferences and assures that recommendations are followed. Demonstrates the ability to perform psychosocial and developmental age-related needs of the specific population served.
  • Teacher: Promotes excellence and service in collaboration with the Clinical Manager, Clinical Nurse III, and Perioperative Educator. Identifies and provides staff education for advanced technical skills. Assists in validating staff competencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Leader: In collaboration with other members of the surgical team, develops, revises, and communicates the unit specific procedures, standards of care, policies, and teaching documents for patients and staff based on current literature, and research findings.
  • Leader: Within the scope of the position, develops and implements projects based on departmental goals. Monitors implementation, evaluates effectiveness, and reports findings.
  • Leader: Identifies patient care and system issues that interfere with effective care delivery. Formulates, evaluates, and makes recommendations for possible solutions. Initiates resolution if directed.
  • Leader: Identifies opportunities, which result in cost effective measures and maximized resource utilization. Makes recommendations and implements if requested.
  • Leader: Keeps current regarding developments in surgical equipment, trends and techniques, through membership in appropriate technology association, attendance at continuing education programs, and on-going education through the literature.


  • Verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, which promote and enhance leadership with operating room staff, surgeons, and ancillary departments.
  • Current technical skills of unit specific and age specific type patients.
  • Analytical skills necessary to develop, recommend, and implement technical standards, policies and procedures that improve delivery of care.
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when performing job functions, and dealing with other personnel and the medical staff often under intense situations.
  • Knowledge of the theory and current trends in surgical technology.
  • Proficient in required competencies as listed on the unit competency inventory (upon completion of orientation).

Minimum Position Requirements:


  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Coursework/Training - Certificate of completion of formalized surgical technologist training program.
  • Coursework/Training - Preceptor course obtained within 6 months of hire.

Experience: 3 years experience in Surgical Technician role.


  • Healthcare Provider level BLS Certification.
  • CST, Certified Surgical Technologist within 6 months of hire, for hires after 7/1/2017.

Preferred Position Qualifications:

Education: Associate's Degree or equivalent educ/experience

Experience: Experience in preceptor and educator role.


  • Active membership in specialty organization
  • Preferred: BLS instructor.

At Mission Hospital with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, CA our core values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity translate into an environment where the welfare of our patients always comes before the bottom line. As a member of Providence Health System, we serve all of south Orange County.

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is a Level II Trauma Center and is the area's designated regional trauma center. We have Centers of Excellence in heart, maternity, trauma, breast care, spine, vascular, stroke and brain injury.

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach provides local coastal communities with 24-hour emergency department services, medical/surgical services, behavioral health programs including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services and an outpatient eating disorder program.

Mission Surgery Center performs approximately 4,500 annual surgeries and provides a safe and convenient outpatient setting. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

We've received two Beacon Awards for clinical excellence and in 2012 we received Magnet Designation which recognizes hospitals for top patient care, quality nursing and innovations in nursing and healthcare. We offer a collegial work environment with competitive salaries and benefits.

Mission Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Mission Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as “on call/per diem” refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as “as needed basis” to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center

Category: Surgical Techs

Req ID: R333549