Location: Wenatchee, WA
Facility: Wenatchee Valley Hospital
Schedule: Pool Position
Shift: Day Shift

Job Description

***Please note: this is a pool position, no guarantee of hours***

Position Summary:

Directly assist the surgeon during a surgical procedure and to provide staff support to the Surgery Department. Assists the department in providing service excellence and quality patient care by performing a variety of specialized and non-specialized tasks and skills. Is flexible in assisting others in surgical dept. as needed.

Essential Functions:
    • Checks the surgery schedule for the day, noting procedures and planned anesthesia.
    • Makes sure that all instruments and supplies are available for procedures scheduled. Discusses the cases planned with the physicians and circulating nurse to determine any additional needs. Is knowledgeable and prepared to do the surgical case that is scheduled.
    • Opens sterile supplies for each procedure
    • Following a complete surgical scrub, prepares the sterile back table for the procedure. Drapes the back table and mayo stand and prepares instruments, supplies and basins.
    • Prepares sterile field by arranging drapes, cautery and suction. Monitors sterile field at all times for break in technique.
    • Hands instruments to the surgeon during the procedure. Reports damaged instruments to the lead CS person or to the circulating nurse.
    • Cleans instruments as received back from the surgeon and keeps instruments readily at hand during the case.
    • Keeps necessary sutures readily available throughout the case.
    • Assists the surgeon with gowning and gloving before the start of the case.
    • Cleans the operative field continually during the case to remove old sponges and suture ends.
    • Observes the surgical procedure and anticipates the need for hemostatic clamps and sutures to control bleeding.
    • Observes the progress of tissue dissection and anticipates the need for special retractors and sponges. Coordinates specimen identification and handling with the physician and circulating nurse as directed by the department policy and procedure.
    • Continually works in a neat, organized, safe and efficient manner.
    • Continually observes closely and anticipates any special problems and equipment or supply needs as the case progresses.
    • Observes for any breaks in aseptic technique.
    • Is constantly aware of any verbal or non-verbal instructions or signals from the surgeon indicating particular needs.
    • Keeps track of all instruments, supplies, sponges, and sharps throughout the case.
    • Holds cameras and retractors as needed.
    • Completes a final instruments, sponge and sharps count with the circulating nurse at the conclusion of the case.
    • Checks and updates the surgeons preference cards.
    • Is flexible in working hours. Understands that overtime is common in the OR environment. Takes appointed call rotations.
    • Is CPR certified.
    • Understands the rigors of the job such as long hours, long cases, and long periods of sitting or standing.
    • Works in the OR under the responsibility of the circulating RN. Outside the OR, under the direction of the OR RN, team leader or surgical supervisor.
    • Takes active role as a specialty coordinator if assigned by that unit’s supervisor. See specialty coordinator description.
    • Adheres to all of the policies and procedures of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center Surgical Department, as well as those that are pertinent to their department.
  • Demonstrate Standards of Behavior and adhere to the Code of Conduct in all aspects of job performance at all times.
  • Required:
    • Surgical Tech training, must receive certification within one year of employment.
    • 1-2 years of previous surgical scrub tech experience.
    • Surgical Tech certification.
    • CPR certification annually.
    • Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, aseptic technique, basic surgical technique re: procedures done in a surgical department, and of names, functioning and use of instruments, equipment and sutures used.
    • Position requires the ability to relate effectively with co-workers, physicians and staff and function as part of a team.
    • Possesses the ability to relate effectively to the patient, guests and the general public.
    • Ability to work efficiently amid ongoing distractions.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in the written form.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Possesses good organizational and phone skills.
    • Pays attention to detail and numerical accuracy.
    • Ability to respond calmly in an emergency situation.
    • Maintains confidentiality of patient information.
    • Able to perform work against deadlines.
    • Has ability to examine documents for accuracy and completeness.
    • Able to lead others.
    • Able to speak clearly and concisely.
    • Has the ability to instruct students or other surgical department staff.
    • Position may also involve the ability to deal effectively with others in confrontational situations.
    • Must be flexible and adaptable in assignments and hours.
  • Desired:
    • Computer skills and ability to type helpful.
Additional Information

Who We Are: Confluence Health is an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes two hospitals and more than 40 medical specialties, to provide comprehensive medical care in North Central Washington. With over 270 physicians and 150 advanced practice clinicians, Confluence Health is the major medical provider between Seattle and Spokane. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, safe, compassionate, and cost-effective care close to home. Staying on the leading edge of healthcare innovation is important, so we invest in technology--to provide better care for our patients and allow our providers to operate at the highest level. Our Mission: We are dedicated to improving our patients' health by providing safe, high-quality care in a compassionate and cost-effective manner. Our Vision: To become the highest value rural healthcare system in the nation that improves health, quality of life, and is a source of pride to those who work here.