Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Surgical Technician I - (1.0 FTE, Rotating) in Palo Alto, California

Clinical Services

1.0 FTE, Rotating Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job SummaryThis paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Surgical Technologist acts as a member of the surgical team in providing patient care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. Prepare the appropriate instrumentation and materials for use on the surgical field, passing instruments to the surgeon during the procedure and room turnover. Perform surgical scrub duties as directed under supervision.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Anticipates the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments, supplies and equipment in a timely manner.

  • Communicates in a positive, clear and concise manner to all members of the surgical team. Correctly selects and utilizes sterilization methods appropriate to specific instrument, supply or equipment.

  • Demonstrates ability to provide appropriate care based on the needs of the individual taking into consideration age, culture, and developmental issues.

  • Handles specimens and medications using correct technique and according to departmental policy and procedure.

  • Maintains sterile technique as well as sterile instruments, supplies and equipment.

  • Monitors and communicates to surgical team members breaks in technique and unsafe patient situations.

  • Performs the necessary surgical counts on sharps, small items, instruments and sponges with the circulating nurse prior to opening, during, and after closing the incision.

  • Prepares the surgical field by opening correct supplies and preparing instruments and equipment needed for the scheduled case. Assures all materials are available and in working order and verifies own skill in using equipment correctly.

  • Utilize knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology, anticipates and responds to needs of surgeons by requesting instruments/supplies based on procedure and case progress.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: High school diploma or GED equivalent and completion of an accredited program or formal structure surgical program, (e.g., military services)

License/Certification: BLS - Basic Life Support

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to apply judgment and make informed decisions

  • Ability to foster effective working relationships and build consensus Ability to solve problems and identify solutions

  • Ability to speak and write effectively at a level appropriate for the job

  • Knowledge and theoretical understanding of normal/abnormal anatomy and physiology Knowledge and understanding of surgical procedures to anticipate needs/request from surgeon Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area

  • Knowledge of general safety procedures e.g., patient precautionary care during surgery

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.