St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is recognized for the expertise and compassion of its highly skilled and responsive staff. The combined efforts of the organization’s outstanding physicians, superb nurses, and dedicated clinical and professional staff have made us one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the state, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care”.
Performs technical/clinical functions of Preoperative Nursing Practice under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse. Responsible for room preparation for the surgical case, maintaining aseptic technique intraoperatively, and providing instrumentation and supplies as required. Knowledgeable in all applicable surgical procedures.
Prepares for Pre-assigned cases using physician preference Resource Maps. Opens supplies/instruments utilizing Aseptic technique. Follows established policies and procedures as it relates to counting of sponge, sharps, instruments, etc. Initiates corrective action when counts are incorrect. Completes 15 hours of continuing education annually. Creates and maintains a sterile field following principles and practices of surgical asepsis. Adheres to infection control guideline. Takes corrective action when needed. Provides competent assistance during surgery by anticipating, irrigating the operative site, providing suction, and retracting and clipping sutures as directed by the surgeon. Acts as a patient advocate under the direction of the RN by immediately reporting any untoward or unusual occurrence at the sterile field. Collects and handles the specimen(s) according to policy and procedure. Participates in unit, staff, and performance improvement initiatives as assigned. Utilizes resources appropriately, incorporating cost containment strategies. Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned. Special Projects
Successfully completed a nationally or regionally accredited educational program for surgical technologists OR holds and maintains a certified surgical technologist credential administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or its successor, OR other nationally recognized credentialing organization approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services OR has completed an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, OR Coast Guard of the United States or in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; OR is in the service of the federal government, to the extent that individual is performing surgical technology duties related to that service: OR provides evidence that the person was employed to practice surgical technology in a health care facility as stated under the Surgical Technologist Bill dated December 20, 2011. In addition, effective December 20, 2012, surgical technologists must complete 15 hours of continuing education annually.