Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 2/19/2020


Under supervision of the Circulating Nurse, the Surgical Technologist prepares for scheduled procedures and arranges sterile set up of instrument tables according to established protocol. Assists surgeons by passing instruments and supplies, holding retractors and anticipating surgeons’ needs during course of procedure. Cleans operating room and stores equipment and supplies.


1. Supports and maintains the Mission, Core Values and expected customer service behaviors of St. Joseph Medical Center.

2. Follows the St. Joseph Medical Center Guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and Associates through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.

4. Keeps current regarding developments in surgical equipment, trends and techniques, through in-service programs.

5. Scrubs for cases according to established sterile procedures; dons sterile gown and gloves, and assists surgeons as needed.

6. Prepares for scheduled operative procedure by arranging sterile set up of instrument table with supplies, instruments and sutures required for specific procedures according to surgeons’ preference.

7. Passes instrument, sponges, sutures and other sterile supplies and equipment to surgeons and assistants during procedures, holds retraction devices and acts to anticipate and respond to surgeons’ needs during course of surgery.

8. Counts sponges, needles and instruments according to established policy and assists with sterile dressing of operative site following procedure. Cleans operating room according to established procedures following each case by removing drapes, replacing hamper and trash bags, disposing of used supplies, cleaning and returning equipment to appropriate storage areas, and so forth.

9. Receives surgical specimens, places same in preservative solutions and notifies circulating nurse of type of specimen.

10. Performs related clerical and service duties such as answering telephones, relaying messages, scheduling cases, transporting patients to and from surgery, requisitioning supplies and so forth.

11. Participates as assigned in operating room services on call schedule and arrives on site within 45 minutes.

12. Assists in orienting and training new associates.

13. See Addendum for First Assistant when performing in this role.

14. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by IASIS and demonstrated by:

  1. Upholds the IASIS Standards of Conduct and Corporate Compliance.
  2. Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area.
  3. Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Regional Compliance & Safety Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.

15. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.


Education and Work Experience:

Work requires knowledge of general policies and procedures followed in the Operating Room. Typically acquired through approximately one year of on the job experience necessary in order to acquire necessary familiarity with surgeon preferences, be able to accurately identify large volumes of surgical instruments and supplies, and gain knowledge of unit policies and procedures.


CST Preferred

Education & Training:

Work requires a general level of educational development normally acquired in High School plus specialized skills in Operating Room procedures as typically acquired through a one year post high school training program. The ability to read and write to interpret schedules and prepares for operative procedures and to have the necessary knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, in order to respond to Surgeons needs during the course of surgery.


Interpersonal skills necessary in order to interact with patients, surgeons and other patient care personnel, often during emergency or stressful situations. Analytical skills necessary in order to organize and prepare the operating room according to standard methods and procedures. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail for up to 80% of work time when performing technical tasks and anticipating surgeons’ needs. Ability to stand for prolonged periods (more than 80% of work time) and to occasionally lift and position patients when preparing patients for operative procedures; and manual dexterity necessary to grasp and hold firmly retractors and delicate surgical instruments.

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