Surgical Technologist I Operating Room

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

​Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 222253

Shift: Rotating

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 


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Job Summary

The Surgical Technologist I is an integral member of the surgical team. The Technologist I works under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse/Circulating Nurse. He/she functions in a scrub role, providing assistance to the operating surgeon and assistants.  He/she also provides assistance in preparations for procedures and the clean-up afterwards.  This individual works collaboratively with the entire surgical team.

Job Responsibilities

Functions in “scrub” role during the various surgical procedures and provides assistance in all areas of patient care.

  • Collaborates with RN and physicians in developing a plan of care for each patient.
  • Collaborates with RN in maintaining a safe, organized, clean, and comfortable environment for patients.
  • Scrubs for routine and complex procedures.
  • Consistently demonstrates aseptic practice as defined in AORN Recommended Practices.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy, procedures, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies by anticipating the surgical needs at the field.
  • Assists physicians and RN with monitoring and ongoing assessments throughout the surgical procedure.
  • Assists with transportation of patients, as needed.
  • Assists physicians and RN with emergency situations.

Exhibits proficiency in each of the surgical specialties that he/she works.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to expertly prepare and operate standard equipment (e.g. nitrogen powered drills, balancing of microscopes, basic audio-visual equipment) prior to and during the various specialty procedures.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill to expertly prepare, program, and operate specialized equipment (e.g. navigational systems, lasers, cusa) prior to and during various specialty procedures.
  • Obtains and assembles positional devices (fracture tables, Jackson tables, cerebellar headrests).

Practices safety precautions throughout the perioperative phase of patient care.

  • Handles all “sharps” in a safe and protective manner in consideration of self and others in supportive roles, such as Core Techs, environmental services, and CPD staff.
  • Participates in “time-outs” prior to the start of surgical procedures according to hospital policy guidelines.
  • Verifies medications, concentrations, expiration dates of all medications received on the sterile field in concert with the circulating RN.
  • Handles and dispenses medications, irrigation solutions, and flushes (e.g. epi: 1:1000, local anesthetics, antibiotic irrigation) to surgeon within the sterile field.
  • Handles, prepares, and dispenses hemostatic agents (e.g. thrombin, tisseal, floseal) to the surgeon within the sterile field.
  • Accountable for the disposal of all bio-hazard materials and “sharps.”

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Surgical Technologist Certification within six (6) months of placement into position.
CPR Certification issued through an organization that requires a hands-on instructor lead psychomotor skills verification (ex. American Heart Association or Red Cross)

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: 

  • High School/GED. 
  • Surgical Technologist Diploma

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: Minimum one (1) year of operating room experience.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Ability to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize tasks according to Unit’s needs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

To carry out its mission, CHOP is committed to supporting the health of our patients, families, workforce, and global community.  As a condition of employment, professionals working onsite—at any CHOP location, for any portion of time—must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more. 

CHOP also requires employees who work in patient care buildings to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemptions for valid religious and medical reasons.  Start dates may be delayed until candidates are immunized or exemption requests are reviewed.  

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