Job Description

Surgical Technician - Ortho/Neuro OR
Job CategoryAllied Health
ScheduleFull time
Shift1 - Day Shift

The Ortho/Neuro Surgery Department is located on the third floor of Tucson Medical Center’s tower. There are 12 operating suites and a 24 bed PACU, staffed 24/7 with call to accommodate surgeries.  We provide inpatient and outpatient care to a population that serves infants to geriatrics with all types of ortho & neuro specialties.      



Performs preoperative procedures such as selection and placement of surgical instruments, supplies and equipment.  Scrubs and assists surgical team in donning of gowns and gloves.  Provides instruments, sutures and other sterile supplies during operative procedures. Drapes patient for surgical procedure.



Monitors all high risk and complicated cases and institute appropriate actions.

Prepares rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies, and equipment.

Assists in identifying, collecting, and caring for specimens.

Assists in maintaining correct count of instruments, sutures, and sponges.

Monitors and restocks supplies.

Orients, instructs and trains assigned personnel.

Opens sterile supplies and sets up for procedures.

Decontaminates instruments, supplies and equipment according to established policies and procedures; handles and stores instruments, equipment and supplies appropriately.

Communicates and interfaces with team members, patients, and medical staff to ensure high quality patient care.

Transports patients to and from Operating room suite; position patients according to type of surgery.

Performs biological and chemical monitoring in accordance with quality assurance standards.

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:  None required. One (1) year of surgical assistance experience preferred.


LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate required. Surgical Technician Certification required. Additional certifications may be required per department.



·         Knowledge of surgical assist procedures and best practices.

·         Skill in the sterilization and set up for different surgical procedures.

·         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 calculate figures and compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs and apply basic algebraic concepts. 

·         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.



The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of that which an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee frequently is required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.  The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, extreme cold, and risk of electrical shock.  The employee is occasionally exposed to risk of radiation and vibration. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may potentially be exposed to infectious organisms during routine and emergency situations.   The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


TMC reserves the right to make changes to this document at any time in accordance with business needs.  This document is not intended to list all duties of the job.  It is descriptive only of the chief duties and responsibilities.


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