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Orthopedic Surgical Tech, Full Time, Allen, TX

  • Texas Health Resources
  • 09/19/17
  • Allen, TX
  • 75002
  • Full-Time
Texas Health Allen is seeking a Certified Surgical Tech in the Surgery Department

Full Time: 40 hours per week

Variable shifts

Minimum Education Requirements:

Graduate of an accredited surgical technician degree program.

Minimum Licensure/Certifications Requirements: Must have current surgical technician certification by NBSTSA, NCCT or certification program approved by TDSHS. BCLS current upon hire.

Minimum Skills Requirements:

A high degree of confidentiality, positive interpersonal skills, and ability to function in a fast-paced environment; knowledge of surgical technology.


Nursing Process

Assists in providing peri-operative care for a patient population that includes Infants, Pediatrics, Adults, and Geriatrics. Preoperatively assists R.N. circulator in formulating plan of care.

- Supplies and equipment are assembled, prepared, and checked for proper functioning in respect to the needs of the patient and surgeon.

- Room is ready or patient and scheduled on time start.

- A well developed surgical conscience and aseptic technique is displayed.

- Sterile items are opened correctly and instruments are checked for completeness and function.

- Counts are performed according to policy.

- Expertise in scrubbing, gowning and gloving is displayed.

- Surgeons preference cards are thoroughly reviewed prior to procedure.

- Enough time is allowed to scrub and set up prior to procedure.

- Knowledgeable of principles of sterilization; correctly operates autoclaves.

- Cases are pulled accurately per doctor's preference cards.

- Under supervision assist R.N. circulator with preoperative duties.

Intra - Operating Room Responsibilities

ntra-operatively displays skills and behavior conducive to desirable outcome.

- Instrumentation is handled during basic to complex surgical procedures with proficiency in multiple services.

- Surgeons needs are anticipated.

- The ability to respond to procedure variations is shown.

- Specimens are handled correctly.

- The sterile field is monitored and maintained in a manner that minimizes the risk of transfer of infection and accidental contamination.

- Good communication skills are displayed with circulator/surgeon.

- Medications are properly identified on sterile field per policy.

- Under supervision assists RN with intra-operative duties.

Post Operating Responsibilities

Post-operatively follows proper procedures for care of instruments, supplies and equipment. Under supervision, assists RN circulator with post-operative duties.

- Instruments are handled with care.

- Concerns and/or special handling are communicated as necessary to instrument room personnel.

- Supplies and equipment are returned to designated storage.

- Room turnover is timely and effective.

- Preference cards are updated and changes initialed as new techniques are instituted.

- Sharps are handled and disposed of properly.

Age Specific Care

Demonstrates competence in assisting with the performance of age appropriate patient care that is specific to the unique physiological and anatomic aspects of life from the very young to the older adult.

- Individual care is based upon age specific needs.

- Pediatric (29 days • 12 years)

- Adolescent (13 • 18 years)

- Young Adults (19 • 39 years)

- Middle Adults (40 • 64 years)

- Older Adults (65 • 79 years)

- Elderly (81+ years)

- Age-specific care provided, that promotes optimal recovery, strong knowledge base of disease process/surgery and post-op care.

- Age specific safety measures are incorporated into patient care.

- No significant variance from expected practice.

- Technical procedures are adapted to reflect age-specific and developmental considerations.

- Instrumentation and equipment is appropriate to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients during their perioperative experience.

- Effective communication skills with patients and patients families appropriate to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric population is exhibited.

- The ability to provide a safe environment for infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric population during their perioperative intervention, ie. side rails/safety devices, bed pads, padding etc. as indicated is exhibited.

Infection Control

Assists in the delivering of nursing care in a manner that minimizes the risk of transfer of infection and accidental contamination.

- Hand washing is frequent and appropriate.

- Appropriate PPE is used when exposed to potentially infectious materials.

- Blood, specimens, body fluids, and patient contact items are handled as potentially infectious materials.

- Linen and trash are handled according to departmental policies and infection control guidelines

- Breaks in technique are recognized and corrected.

- Ancillary personnel are supervised and taught compliance in keeping a safe and aseptic environment.

- Departmental dress code is adhered to.

- Inappropriately attired individuals are recognized and prohibited from entering the OR.

- Proper cleaning and sterilizing of instruments and equipment are assured.

- During surgical intervention the surgical field and its components remain sterile.

- Safety, infection control, and hazardous communication programs/policies are compiled with.


Assists in delivering patient care in a manner which protects the patient from injury.

- Patient care is delivered in a manner which protects the patient from injury ie. transported, positioned, padded, secured, and grounded properly.

- Equipment is operated according to manufacturer's instructions.

- Equipment malfunctions are reported appropriately

- Laser safety guidelines are adhered to.

- Alarms on patient care devices are not silenced or set inappropriately

- Procedure for time-out, including confirmation of correct patient, correct site, correct procedure, equipment and implant is performed.

- Patient is protected from improper use storage of electrocautery equipment.

- Medications are delivered and identified on the surgical field appropriately and applicable identifiers used prior to administering per policy.

Continuous Improvement

Care is provided with an emphasis on continually improving quality, service, and cost effectiveness.

- Surgeon preference cards are updated and changes are initiated as new techniques are instituted.

- Ineffective and costly processes are identified and action is taken to improve those processes.

- Continually strives to improve customer satisfaction.

- Actively participates in helping the OR meet its goals.

- Supplies and time are used judiciously.

- Potential quality problems, ie. deviation from standards of care, are identified.

- Perform other duties as assigned

Entity Information:

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed, acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. Hospital services include women's care, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, a Pathway to Excellence designated hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. Texas Health Allen is a World Health Organization-designated •Baby-Friendly Hospital• and was the first hospital in Texas to receive the distinction. The hospital is a Level IV trauma center and an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, which makes our facility intensely qualified to serve our community and your professional aspirations.


- 401(k) Retirement Plan

- Health Care Benefits

- Wellness Program

- Paid Time Off

- Tuition Reimbursement

- Life Insurance

- AD/D Insurance

- Disability Coverage

- Long Term Care Insurance

- Other benefits: Adoption Assistance, and Credit Union

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