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Lead Surgical Technologist

  • Job ID: 691846207
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Rotating daylight, evening, weekend, call
  • Shift: Rotating
  • Facility: UPMC Shadyside
  • Department: Operating Room
  • Location: 5230 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $24.62 to $38.96 / hour

Description

UPMC Shadyside is currently hiring a Lead Surgical Technologist to support our Operating Room. UPMC Shadyside’s Operating Room (OR) serves patients through various surgical specialties including neuro, cardiac, ortho, vascular, urology, plastics, thoracis, robotics, and more! We do see a heavy oncology patient population. We are a 24-bed OR and we see over 60 cases per day. We are currently transitioning to a self-scheduling model to offer our staff greater work-life balance, and we boast a limited surgical schedule on the weekends. Our OR is a very team-centered department- we are one big team that helps each other out! In this role, you will work rotating daylight, evening, weekend, and call shifts.

The Lead Surgical Technologist works alongside the service line clinicains to identify cost saving initiatives and restocking. You will work collaboratively to facilitate safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate day to day supervision of the surgical technicians. Serve as the Lead on daily shifts to resolve/answer any questions or issues. Teach both skill and theoretical principles to new employees and students.
  • Assist the Nurse Specialist in supervising the use of supplies and equipment for patient care and safety in all procedures.
  • Ensure all medications are labeled and handed to surgeon according to established policies and procedures.
  • Under the case scheduling process; may have ability to schedule procedures.
  • Demonstrate initiative in problem solving as related to patient and technical issues that contribute to the improvement of the Operating Room function and operation.
  • Liaison with Sterile Processing.
  • Modify/revise requisitions (surgeon's preference cards) on an as needed basis.
  • Assume responsibility under the direction of the Clinician for presenting one in-service training to the staff each year.
  • Ensure clean, safe environment through continued alertness to safety and explosive hazards and aseptic technique.
  • Have Epro access and ability to order specialty items.
  • Serve as a resource to other staff members. Assist head nurse by precepting students and new employees.
  • During surgery, efficiently pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. Under the supervision of the surgeon hold retractors or instruments, cut sutures, sponge or suction the operative site and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
  • After surgery, may help transfer patients to the recovery room. Clean and restock the operating room.
  • Prepare patients for surgery by wash, shave, and ensure aseptic incision sites. May transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes.
  • Support cost containment in the use of materials and equipment.
  • Assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves.
  • Assist in the preparation, care for, and disposal of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and help apply dressings.
  • Before an operation, help to prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. Assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment. Adjust and check equipment to ensure it is working properly.
  • Facilitate education of surgical techs.
  • Participate in peer review.

 

Qualifications

  • Completion of a formal surgical technician program offered by a community or junior college, vocational school, university, hospital or the military required.
  • A minimum of 4 years or more of Operating Room experience required.
  • Advanced knowledge of at least 3 surgical specialties required. 
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

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)
  • Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) OR Tech in Surgery-Certified (TSC)
  • Act 34

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