Surgical Technician - Labor & Delivery
This unit is comprised of L&D and a separate L&D triage area. We have 24 hour perinatologists, neonatologists, and anesthesiologists (dedicated to OB) along with obstetric physicians and 2 groups of midwives. We are a high risk antepartum and intrapartum unit including 16 LDR beds, 8 antepartum outpatient beds, 4 NST Bays and 3 pre-op and post-op beds. We have 3 dedicated L&D OR’s for scheduled C-Sections and unscheduled cases such as cerclage placement or removal. We also do emergent cases such as a laboring patient who needs a C-Section for arrest of dilation or descent or fetal intolerance of labor, hysterectomy or D&C for hemorrhage. Our nurses are unique in that they are trained to be the pre-op nurse, intraoperative nurse (circulator), and PACU nurse for all OR cases, along with the nurse for the newborn after delivery. We care for triage patients; ante-partum patients (both outpatient and inpatient if high risk or unstable); intrapartum, and preop and postop patients. Our triage nurses see pregnant women over 20 weeks of gestation for obstetrical concerns. They also take care of patients with scheduled procedures such as non-stress tests and versions. We currently do over 5,500 deliveries a year. We currently have 14 nurses certified in Inpatient Obstetrics through NCC. Several nurses also have a subspecialty certification in electronic fetal monitoring. All nurses in L&D are certified in NRP and ACLS.
Provides a variety of skilled tasks involving control, maintenance, and availability of equipment and supplies for the Operating Room.Assists management in monitoring levels and scheduling of non-nursing technicians and clerical staff. May provide guidance and instruction to other surgical and or technician staff.
Performs clinical duties of Surgical Technician.
Creates and updates an accurate, centralized log of department equipment and surgical instruments.
Ensures an adequate stock of supplies.
Prepares and tracks purchase orders for special items and equipment.
Maintains and updates Charge Master.
Ensures the proper functioning of equipment and/or schedules repairs, referring unusual problems to Manager.
Prepares rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment.
Participates in evaluation of new and replacement products.
Participates in the orientation and education of personnel and provides informal guidance; adjusts staffing to meet needs and provides adequate coverage of unit.
Serves as technical support for laser surgery requirements, if applicable.
Adjusts staffing to meet needs and provide adequate coverage of unit; consults with Clinical Nurse Leader or Manager when determining staffing needs.
Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of surgical assistance experience required.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Surgical Technician Certification highly preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of surgical assist procedures and best practices.
Knowledge of laser surgery regulations and best practices.
Skill in the sterilization and set up for different surgical procedures.
Skill in providing assistance and leading and guiding other staff.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to listen and accurately interpret others’ communication or instructions to take appropriate action.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.