COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Across UPMC, our guiding principle is to always prioritize the safety of our employees, patients, and members. UPMC believes that vaccination is important, helps protect all, and advocates that everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated.

UPMC complies with all governmental requirements related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 vaccination for employment. The Jan. 13 Supreme Court of the United States decision that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate will move forward requires UPMC to ensure employees either get vaccinated or receive a requested medical or religious exemption.

If you are not yet vaccinated, we urge you to get a vaccine now. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination through UPMC or visit a non-UPMC provider or UPMC Urgent Care location.

Proof of vaccination is not required upon hire; however, employees will be responsible for ensuring post-hire compliance by getting vaccinated or requesting a medical or religious exemption.

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Operating Room Asst

  • Job ID: 595540072
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Flex
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Operating Room
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: Yes
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour


Operating Room Assistant

Flex Full-time, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., rotation to weekends and other daylight shifts

AFSCME - Union

Posted: August 10, 2022

This position has a minimum start rate of $13.68.

Performing necessary duties under the direction of the Registered Nurse.


  • Performs all assigned housekeeping duties to insure a clean, neat, and sanitary work area within the Surgery Center.
  • Runs errands as required. Carries out other related activities as requested.
  • Employee complies with established occupation exposure policies.
  • Completes ongoing age-specific competency validation via defined mechanisms
  • Runs, maintains, and tests autoclaves appropriately. Performs all duties relative to decontamination, preparation, sterilization, and dispatch acceptably and satisfactorily according to established departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the transfer of patients onto beds or litter and transports patients as necessary.
  • Processes and cares for instruments and other equipment and prepares them for sterilization or storage appropriately.
  • Supports Surgery Center-based quality assessment activities by actively participating in the continuous performance improvement process.
  • Prepares and assembles special items or packs to meet the needs of the OR.
  • Assists with the needs of the Anesthesia department.
  • Checks for outdated supplies reorders, and stocks areas as necessary.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes in the workload and/or emergencies.
  • Maintains proper traffic control in the OR suite.
  • Assists with orientation of new employees as needed.
  • Maintains working knowledge of instruments and equipment and their appropriate locations.



  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Satisfactory completion of an approved training program for nursing assistants
  • Must maintain CPR certification

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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