Surgical Technologist--Main Operating Room (Multiple positions)

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

Location: LOC_MAIN-Main Hospital 

Req ID: 87018

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

A dedicated group of nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical technologists, medical assistants, perioperative and anesthesia technicians, and administrative support staff collaborate to provide state of the art family-centered perioperative care for more than 20,000 patients each year.  Patients from all over the world undergo both straightforward and complex surgical procedures on a daily basis twenty-four hours each day in a 21 room intraoperative suite. Trainees in all disciplines develop skills that allow them to further the care of children and research efforts and form the foundation for new and innovative perioperative care.  Prior Operating Room Surgical Tech experience strongly preferred.  This requisition may be filling multiple positions.  

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.”

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

CPR Certification issued through an organization that requires a hands-on instructor lead psychomotor skills verification (ex. American Heart Association or Red Cross)
Surgical Technologist Certification from an accredited certification program

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:

  • High School/GED.
  • Graduate of an accredited school for scrub technologist training or has successfully completed an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the US Army, Navy or Air Force

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.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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