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UnityPoint Health Surgical Technician-Surgery-Grinnell in Grinnell, Iowa

Under the supervision of a licensed perioperative RN, provides patient care in the operative setting. Provides technical services and support for patients undergoing surgical procedures including scrubbing and circulating roles. Successful performance contributes to a holistic approach to the delivery of services, improved patient care, and a high level of satisfaction from patients and families.

Key Accountability

• Utilizes critical thinking in performance of job duties and maintains proficiency relating to surgical technology.

• Scrubs independently on complicated surgical procedures in all specialties.

• Coordinates activities with registered nurses and other coworkers in planning and implementing care within hospital policies and legal limitations.

• Prepares the operating room for the arrival of surgical patients, assembles equipment, supplies, and instruments for surgical procedures according to preference cards and type of procedure.

• Assists the perioperative nurse with the provision of nursing care in assigned area following current GRMC policies and procedures and regulatory or accrediting standards. .

• Responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety and efficiency of the sterile field. Uses aseptic technique to arrange instruments and supplies. Performs instrument, sponge, and sharp counts.

• Demonstrates correct technique in handling of instruments, sutures, specimens, and medications.

• Learns & maintains knowledge of robotic system, instrumentation, & disposable products.

• Uses teamwork approach in achieving efficient set up, procedure & turn over times.

• Consistently delivers high quality care demonstrating surgical technology knowledge and skills in the operating room in accordance with established policies and procedures and standards of care.

• Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and patient experience by striving to exceed customer expectations

• Balances team and individual responsibilities; is open and objective to other’s views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to positive team goals; and puts the success of the team above own interests.

• Demonstrates the knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.

• Assists in maintaining a clean, orderly and safe environment.

• Utilizes a holistic approach (considering physical, psych/social, spiritual, educational, safety, and related criteria) appropriate to the age of the patients served in the assigned service area.

• Demonstrates initiative to improve quality and customer service.

• Balances team and individual responsibilities, objective and open to other’s views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to positive team goals, puts success of team above own interest.

• Performs on call duties for emergency surgeries after hours and on weekends on a rotating basis. Responds according to policy.

Departmental Support

• Performs routine cleaning on equipment.

• Assists in department cleaning and storing/restocking of supplies and linen.

• Assists in OR room turnover, including opening sterile supplies and instruments.

• Performs tasks as delegated by OR team members.

• Assists with maintenance and sterilization of instruments and equipment as per manufacturer’s instructions for use.


• High school graduate or GED equivalent.

• Graduate of approved surgical technology course, eligible for certification.


• Previous scrubbing experience preferred


• Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons

• Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.

• Certified Surgical Technologist preferred

Requisition ID: 2020-80559

Street: 210 4th Ave

Name: 3220 UnityPoint Health Grinnell Regional Medical Center

Name: Operating Room

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 1.0

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Days, Mon-Fri, On Call

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