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Surgical Technologist


Title - Surgical Technologist

Great opportunity! Great pay! Great Benefits! No Nights! No Weekends! No Holidays! No Call!

**Must have Orthopaedic experience


POSITION SUMMARY:

 
The Surgical Technologist (ST)/Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) assists in patient care activities under the direction of a registered nurse and according to the policies and procedures of the department.  The trained technologist is assigned scrub duties, instrument processing/sterilization duties and specific patient care duties in relation to the complexity of the patient's condition.

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PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum requirements include a high school graduation or equivalent; completion of a recognized surgical technologist training program; knowledge of and experience with processing/sterilizing surgical instruments; dedication to patient comfort, satisfaction, and safety; ability to work compatibly with physicians, RN's and other staff members.

Physical guidelines include ability to stand/walk for up to eight hours/day; frequently bend, stoop, twist; occasionally lift a maximum of 25 pounds, push (170 pound average) gurney occupied by patient, push/pull O.R. equipment (i.e. video cart); assist patients in moving from gurney or recliner to O.R. bed; assist in moving anesthetized patient from O.R. bed to gurney (normally, four people coordinate the lifting, pushing, pulling of the anesthetized patient from O.R. bed to gurney); possess manual dexterity to safely and efficiently handle instruments and pass instruments to surgeon. PPE (person protective equipment) is provided, MSDS (material safety data sheets) on chemicals. Safely communicate with patient, coworker, and physician.
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NOTE:
This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed.  It is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required of personnel so classified.
 
  1. DEPARTMENT STANDARD                                                     


PERFORM DEPARTMENT DUTIES IN A TIMELY AND EFFICIENT MANNER.

1.0       ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1.1       Proficiently scrub cases in assigned OR suite; assist surgical team during operative                     procedures
    1. Adhere to aseptic practices; monitor and maintain sterile field
1.3       “Pull cases" (gather sterile supplies) for scheduled procedures; ensure that adequate instruments are available for each case.
    1. Count sponges and needles on every case with the RN circulator.
    2. If not scrubbing a case, assist circulating RN in positioning patient, prepping the patient,        opening sterile supplies, and setting up equipment.
    3. Assist OR staff in moving anesthetized patient from OR bed to gurney.
    4. After surgical procedure, assist OR staff with room turnover (reprocessing instruments,          wiping/disinfecting equipment, mopping floor, etc.).
    5. Assist instrument tech with disinfecting, cleaning, wrapping/packaging, sterilizing, and            storing all used instruments at the end of each day; exercise care in cleaning and                   maintaining all surgical instruments.
    6. Follow policies for infection control in handling and disposing of infectious/hazardous             waste materials.
  1. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
2.1       Create and update preference cards for each physician for each type of procedure                       he/she performs.
    1. Bring broken/malfunctioning equipment and instruments to OR manager for repair or             replacement.
    2. Assist in restocking OR suites at the end of each day; assist with re-sterilizing outdated          supplies; assist with thorough cleaning of OR storage cabinets and supply room.
    3. Function as a member of the Surgery Center/OCR team
    4. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the                     discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.

 
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Chief Nursing Officer


Chief Nursing Officer

Altra Healthcare is looking for a full-time Chief Nursing Officer. This senior-level position will serve on the Executive Team as the primary leader in managing the nursing departments and services of the organization; a 49-bed Level III, full-service hospital, 15-bed Critical Access Hospital, and 6 outpatient clinics. 

The Chief Nursing Officer is responsible for leading and developing Nursing Directors of several departments, implementing and executing the organization’s strategic plan and whole system measures, various organization quality and patient care programs and systems, and developing and sustaining positive relationships Staff, Associates, Medical Staff, Board Members, Patients, Visitors, and Community Members. Successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Business, or Healthcare Administration, current RN Colorado licensure, as well as 10 years’ Clinical, Nursing and/or combined Managerial experience. Master’s Degree preferred. We offer competitive benefits and salary, including cell phone stipend and annual variable pay. Our facilities are located in South-Central Colorado nestled in the heart of the San Luis Valley surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains. The organization is the largest employer with nearly 900 staff members, provides a family-centered environment, relaxed, small-town living, and abundance of recreational and outdoor activities.   
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Total Joint Replacement Operating Room Nurse


Total Joint Operating Room Nurse

Position Purpose:

 This position assumes responsibility and accountability for providing nursing care for patients and their families related to total joints and all other surgical procedures.. Assure compassionate, individualized nursing care for patients and families is expected. They collaborate with providers, staff and other members of the team to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Reports to the Total Joint OR Facilitator (TJR) as well as the appropriate Director at each location for the TJR service line.
 
  1. This role is expected to travel across different locations within the Vail Health system to support total joint procedures in outpatient and inpatient settings. 
  2. Demonstrate high standard of organizational skills, assuring patient safety in the operating room setting 
  3. Ability to stay focused in a fast-paced, high volume environment and achieve efficient OR turnover.
  4. Under direction of the RN leaders, assists with the daily patient flow within the OR suite to optimize patient care, safety and satisfaction of total joint patients.
  5. Delivers patient education to facilitate plan of care and promote optimal wellness
  6. Demonstrates ability to delegate and or provide care appropriately and according to Colorado Statue
  7. Demonstrates basic clinical assessment skills, prioritizing skills and critical thinking skills with assistance as needed
  8. Administers medications, performs treatments, and assists in procedures as needed; consistently adhering to patient safety guidelines
  9. Review patient paperwork for accuracy and verify procedure to be performed
  10. Assist in the positioning and transport of the patient
  11. Perform pre and post-surgical count
  12. Complete patient charting
  13. Delivers excellent service by utilizing Relationship-Based Care to advocate for safety, patient preferences, and optimal communication through partnering with patients and families
  14. Role models the principles of a Just Culture
  15. Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant
  • Experience:
    • Prefer CNOR
    • Prefer ability to scrub and circulate
  • License(s):
    • Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado or from a valid compact state
  • Certification(s):
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) by American Heart Association
  • Education:
    • Minimum of Bachelor of Science in Nursing for positions hired after 11/01/2018 or BSN obtained within five years of date of hire if after 11/01/2018
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Operating Room Technician


Operating Room Technician
  • POSITION PURPOSE: 
    • Assists with the surgical care of the patient in the operating room. Duties include, but are not exclusive of stocking, pulling cases for the next day, pulling instruments, cleaning OR after cases, replenishing and preparation of surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment. Functions as a member of the surgical team by assisting and anticipating needs of the surgeon. Maintains current education in aseptic technique, routine operating room procedures, and all other duties as assigned.
  • ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
    • Scrub person functions with working knowledge of aseptic technique and AORN Standards.
    • Checks all items for proper packaging, processing, moisture, seal and packaging integrity, sterile indicator if present, and expiration dates.
    • Maintains sterile integrity of all items and fluids introduced onto the field.
    • Monitors sterile field for events that may contaminate field and corrective action initiated.
    • When moving within or around a sterile field does so in a manner to maintain the integrity of the sterile field.
    • Prior to use, all equipment is visually checked for fraying of cords and plugs or other damage.
    • When turning on machine, confirms self test pattern as necessary.
    • Anticipates need for equipment and supplies as evidenced by no delays in procedures.
    • Knows the order in use of material and supplies.
    • Reports changes in temperature of room to appropriate person.
    • Perceptive to patient’s sensory environment.
    • Monitors, evaluates and revised preference cards.
    • Contributes to the individualized, ongoing delivery of care with in the scope of practice.
    • Maintains flexibility and appropriate response to changes in priorities, established plans, goals or time frames.
    • Supports the decisions and actions of the Manager or Charge Nurse. Respects others.
    • Participates in departmental QI program including confidential occurrence reporting.
    • Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.
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  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 
    • Experience:
      • Preferred, one year of Operating Room experience working as an OR technician in a hospital setting.
    • License(s):
      • Active within the State of Colorado Surgical Technologist Registry
    • Certification(s):
      • Certification from ASTI (Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc.) preferred.
        Basic Life Support (BLS) by American Heart Association.
    • Computer / Typing:
      • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
    • Must have working knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.
    • Education:
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Total Joint Replacement OR Tech


Total Joint Replacement OR Scrub Tech

POSITION PURPOSE:
  • Reports to the Total Joint Replacement Facilitator (TJR) as well as the appropriate Director at each location for the TJR service line in assisting the surgical team by acting as the primary scrub person who handles instruments, supplies and other related equipment during surgical procedures.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • 1. Possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation of tools and technologies in performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Functions with working knowledge of AORN standards.
    2. Maintains and checks all items for proper packaging, processing, moisture, seal and packaging integrity, sterile indicator if present, and expiration dates. Ensures that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
    3. Monitors sterile field for events that may contaminate, interfere, or alter field and initiates or notifies of need for corrective action.
    4. Monitors, evaluates and revises preference cards and knows the order in use of material and supplies.
    5. Maintains flexibility while contributing to the individualized, ongoing delivery of care within the scope of practice.
    6. Models effective, timely communication with the perioperative team with full participation in Time Out Process to include Briefings and Debriefings.
    7. Assists team in patient transports, room turnovers, and room preparation.
    8. Models professional behavior to include maintaining currency in new technologies and procedures, including instrumentation and equipment.
    9. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
    10. Role models the principles of a Just Culture.
    11. Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience:
    • One year Operating Room experience working as an OR technician in a hospital setting.
  • License(s):
    • State of Colorado Surgical Technologist
  • Certification(s):
    • Basic Life Support (BLS) by American Heart Association
  • Computer / Typing:
    • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
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