Surgical Technologist- Birthplace

Mercy Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids

Job Description

This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by proficiently performing technical skills and providing assistance to surgeons, anesthesia personnel, registered nurses, and other professionals in the operating room. Will also function proficiently as a first scrub in one additional specialty and may function in the second circulator role.

Job Specific Duties/Essential Functions
Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of asepsis and consistently maintains sterile technique.
Performs first scrub role on core cases of assigned services and anticipates the surgeons requests.
Demonstrates basic anatomy related to procedures
Ensures all necessary items and equipment are in the room prior to case.
Demonstrates knowledge of sterilization and disinfection as evidenced by practice.
Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, procedures and correct use or protective barrier equipment.
Conducts accurate sponge, needle and instrument counts according to departmental policies in conjunction with RN. Performs first scrub role on core cases.
Understands and uses instrumentation/equipment properly considering the maintenance, safety and availability.

Position Specific Job Duties/Essential Functions
Responsible for OR continuous readiness throughout shift.
Assures that all specimens are correctly labeled and taken to lab/pathology in a timely manner
Performs scrub and/or surgical assist duties for cesarean sections, vaginal deliveries and other obstetrical surgeries
Collaborates with Sterile Processing PRN to maintain optimal inventory of clean instruments
Maintains up-to-date physician preference cards for vaginal and cesarean deliveries
Assists with patient cares, including but not limited to: obtaining vital signs, giving newborn baths, performing newborn hearing screens, nursery observation and circumcision assistance in Birthplace, NICU, and Pediatric area
Performs and documents patient rounds: asks about patient comfort and needs, removes trays, tidies rooms, assists to bathroom, etc.
Participates in vaginal deliveries by setting up delivery tables, assisting with bed adjustments and responds to requests by RN and physician; after delivery assists RN to clean the room as needed
Provides clerical support duties including patient admissions and telephone communications
Responsible for all qualify control checks per unit policy including blanket and fluid warmers, glucometers and medical gases
Participates in inventory control of supplies through expiration date, par level checks and communication with authorized Birthplace personnel for ordering of supplies; stocks and rotates supplies as needed
Assures unit supply areas, carts, warmers, beds and rooms are cleaned and stocked. Takes responsibility for reporting shortages and maintenance issues when observed
Other duties as assigned, including floating to other hospital departments

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrates knowledge of techniques used by various surgeons for various procedures

Maintains technical skill level and adapts to changes in surgical technique and operative intervention modalities.

Demonstrates constructive approach during all interactions with staff and nurse manager toward the organization

Completes work assignments on time/readily accepts assignments, as observed by nurse manager

Education-Required vs. Preferred

Graduate of a Surgical Technology Program or equivalent experience required

Licensure, Certification, Registration - Required vs. Preferred

Currently certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support in accordance with the American Heart Association required

Physical Activity Requirements

Constant = 67-100% of workday





Repetitive motion






Frequent = 34-66% of workday









Occasional = 33% or less of workday


Physical Demand Requirements

Heavy: Exert 50-100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 25-50 lbs. of force frequently

Employment Type

Surgical Technologist- Birthplace FEATUREDBirthplaceCedar Rapids, IAFull Time, Variable/Rotating Shifts, 12 hour rotating day and night shifts, every 3rd weekend, some call requiredReq # 14786 This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered