This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Surgical Technician (ST) is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the general supervision of the surgical team. Surgical Technician performs the following duties: A-Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures such as: thoracic, major vascular, microsurgery, total replacement surgery, major urologic, and laser. 1. Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure, such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, laser, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, recording devices, and other operating room supplies and equipment. 2. Plan and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure. 3. Prepare, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical sculpts. 4.Observes and responds promptly in each stage of the surgical procedures and anticipates the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a higher level of concentration for extended periods of time. 5. Utilize universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment. 6. Assists the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, Prepping, and obtaining supplies. 7. Handles all specimens appropriately. 8. In conjunction with the circulating Registered Nurse (RN), performs sponge and instrument counts to verify accuracy. Responsible for the accountability for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure. 9. Assists the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting suctioning holding retractors, applying akin staples, and cutting sutures. Prepares prosthesis and surgical device during procedures. 10. Assists in training residents, medical students, nursing students, operating room technology students, and new Operating Room (OR) staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures. Maintains Equipment and Work Area, Provides Guidance/Supervision and other duties. Work Schedule: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm , Monday - Friday, rotating on call Position Description/PD#: Surgical Technician OR/PD#6671-A
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