Assists in the nursing care and preparation of surgical patients. Functions as a member of the surgical team, creates and maintains a sterile field; primary responsibility is that of scrub \"nurse\". May act as circulating \"nurse\" under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN), who is immediately available to respond to emergencies.
- Functions as a scrub assistant.
- Scrubs hands and arms, and dons gown and gloves.
- Set up operating room tray, arranging instruments, sponges, sutures, catheters, drains and dressings.
- Assists surgical team during surgery by passing/counting instruments and sponges, dressings, etc.
- Functions as a circulating assistant (under direct supervision of RN).
- Prepares Operating Room for surgery by obtaining necessary supplies and equipment.
- Prepares patient for surgery in prescribed manner to provide a surgically sterile field.
- Operates lights, tables, suction machines, cautery, etc. during surgery.
- May assist Nurse in planning and labeling specimens obtained during surgery.
- Assists in care of Operating Room after surgery by disposing of soiled linens, gloves, and debris; sterilizing instruments, etc. according to terminal technique.
- Assists in the care and maintenance of instrumentation and equipment.
- Performs a variety of related duties, such as transporting patients to and from Operating Room, maintaining appropriate records, etc.
- Assists with routine Operating Room functions such as holding retractor(s).
- Assists Nurse with orientation of new staff to scrub position.
- Performs related duties, as required.
- High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
- AAS Degree in Operating Room Technology, preferred. Knowledge of surgical instruments and specialized equipment, required.
- Certification by Association of Operating Room Technicians, required; must be obtained within one (1) year of date of employment.
- Successful completion from a nationally accredited educational program for surgical technologist, and holds and maintains a certified surgical technologist (CST) credential administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), required. OR (meets one for the following)
- Must be and remain in good standing with NYS regulations, required.
i. Completed an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Public Health Service Commissioned Corps;
ii. Provides evidence that the person was employed as a surgical technologist in a healthcare facility for a cumulative period of one year, occurring within the four years immediately prior to January 1, 2015; or
iii. In the service of the federal government, to the extent the person is performing duties related to that of a surgical tech.
a person may be employed or contracted with to practice surgical technology during the 12-month period immediately following successful completion of a surgical technology program, but may not continue to be employed beyond that period without documentation that the employee holds and maintains a certified surgical technologist credential required.