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UPMC Surgical Technologist, Intermediate *UPMC St. Margaret* in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The 3-time ANCC Magnet designated UPMC St. Margaret is looking to hire a Full-Time Surgical Technologist to support our Operating Room. We are offering Sign-On Bonuses to eligible Surgical Technician hires of up to $25,000 depending on the level of experience and commitment term!

The title and pay rate of these positions may vary depending on years of relevant experience. Applicants will be placed in the appropriate job title and salary from the career ladder based on their individual experience and education.

Under the general supervision of a registered nurse, performs advanced tasks on a regular basis in an Operating Room that assist the surgical team. Works on complex surgical procedures within at least 2 surgical specialties. Arrange sterile setup for surgical procedures; pass instruments, sponge and suture to surgeons and surgical assistants; prepare sterile supplies; assist in cleanup of the operating room; check placement and operation of equipment; and check and restock operating room. During surgical procedures may be responsible for special trays, graft materials, and record patient data.

Responsibilities:

  • Before an operation, help to prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, sterile drapes, and sterile solutions. Assemble both sterile and non-sterile equipment. Adjust and check equipment to ensure it is working properly.

  • Prepare patients for surgery by wash, shave, and ensure aseptic incision sites. May transport patients to the operating room, help position them on the operating table, and cover them with sterile surgical drapes.

  • Assist the surgical team with putting on sterile gowns and gloves.

  • During surgery, efficiently pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and surgeon assistants. Hold retractors or instruments, cut sutures, sponge or suction the operative site and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

  • Assist in the preparation, care for, and disposal of specimens taken for laboratory analysis and helps apply dressings.

  • Ensure all medications are labeled and handed to surgeon according to established policies and procedures.

  • After surgery, may help transfer patients to the recovery room. Clean and restock the operating room.

  • Ensure clean, safe environment through continued alertness to safety and explosive hazards and aseptic technique.

  • Serves as a resource to other staff members; precepts students and new employees.

  • Participates in committees and inter-disciplinary teams.

  • Collaborates with Clinician to disseminate new knowledge.

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Scrub Technician program/course or a related science or Health Science program/course is required or previous experience as an OR Tech may be substituted.

  • Completion of a formal surgical technician program offered by a community or junior college, vocational school, university, hospital or the military preferred.

  • 2 years of current surgical technician experience that demonstrates advanced knowledge of at least 2 surgical specialties.

  • Surgical specialties include but not limited to: general, orthopedic, vascular, plastic and reconstructive, obstetrics and gynecology, thoracic, ophthalmic, neurosurgery, organ procurement and endoscopic surgical settings.

  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

PA legislature House Bill 81 enacted 10/29/2020 and became effective 12/27/2020.

2 years of current surgical technician experience that demonstrates advanced knowledge of at least 2 surgical specialties. Surgical specialties include but not limited to: general, orthopedic, vascular, plastic and reconstructive, obstetrics and gynecology, thoracic, ophthalmic, neurosurgery, organ procurement and endoscopic surgical settings. Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

In addition to those 2 years of prior experience - Must have completed program sponsored by nationally recognized institutional or programmatic accreditation and maintains certification or Has completed appropriate military training program or Maintains certification from accredited program or Was employed as a surg tech in a health care facility on or before effective date of the act (12/27/2020) or Employed as a surg tech at another health care facility two years before effective date (12/27/2020). Exception: A health care facility may employ individuals who do not meet the certification requirements if after a diligent and thorough effort has been made they are unable to employ a sufficient number of qualified surg techs who meet the requirements (i.e. certification) and a written record of efforts is made and retained at the health care facility. 1. All of our recruitment efforts are documented and can be supplied for this record. 2. The supply of certified or eligible to be certified surg techs does not meet our needs.

Continuing education requirements: Compliance with continuing ed requirements specified by the credentialing organization for certification. For individuals not certified - must complete 30 hours of continuing ed every two years.

Licensure & Certifications

CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire.

Certification for Surgical Technologist. CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

Certification Details - Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or Technologist Surgery Certified (TSC) within 6 months of program completion: Note: Staff employed to practice surgical technology by the health care facility on or before the effective date of the law (12/27/2020) or who were employed as a surg tech at another health care facility two years before effective date of the law are grandfathered and therefore not required to have certification. New graduates of a program sponsored by nationally recognized institutional or programmatic accreditation can work for six months prior to certification, but must be certified within six months of program completion. Exception: A health care facility may employ individuals who do not meet the certification requirements if after a diligent and thorough effort has been made they are unable to employ a sufficient number of qualified surg techs who meet the requirements (i.e. certification) and a written record of efforts is made and retained at the health care facility. (1. Recruitment efforts are documented and can be supplied for this record. 2. The supply of certified or eligible to be certified surg techs does not meet the needs of the organization.).

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