Surgical Technician II
Location: Sugar Land
Posted on: July 11, 2019
At Houston Methodist, the Surgical Technologist II position
requires proficient knowledge and skills necessary to carry out
delegated tasks associated with the safe and efficient operating
room support functions and related procedures. This position works
independently, exercising sound judgement, and reports observations
and patient problems to the licensed nurse or surgeon. In addition
to performing the duties and responsibilities of a Surgical
Technologist I, the Surgical Technologist II position will provide
mentoring and guidance for Surgical Tech I positions, utilizing
skills and knowledge, helping to train and orient others. This
position is responsible for assigned non-nursing functions and
practices relationship-centered care in concert with the Methodist
Values. Other duties for the Surgical Technologist II position will
include general patient care and department upkeep as delegated by
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
o Provide personalized care and service by consistently
demonstrating our I CARE values:
- INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
- COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional,
ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our
- RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity,
- EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model
for others to emulate.
o Focuses on patient/customer safety
o Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
o Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by
following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive
Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
o Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their
needs are being met
o Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by
enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to
the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are
essential functions of the job.
PEOPLE - 20 %
1. Promotes a positive work environment that actively assists
interprofessional health care team to achieve optimal department
results. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional
health care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent
patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner.
Facilitates open, professional, communication to achieve mutual
understanding, role modeling by example.
2. Teaches others to critically think by verbally expressing
rationale for decisions and follows up, providing structured
feedback with examples. Serves as the department preceptor for new
surgical technologists utilizing skills and knowledge, helping to
train and orient others.
3. Facilitates teamwork by anticipating the need for assistance and
responding positively to requests for assistance. Makes
contributions to the work effort as a whole.
SERVICE - 20%
1. Assists in prepping the operating room for the next patient.
Anticipates additional instrumentation, equipment and supplies for
usage during the procedure before surgeon scrubs. Prepares room,
equipment and supplies to accommodate planned procedures. Maintains
and accurately communicates updates for surgeon preference cards
within the applicable service line.
2. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon and nursing staff by
passing instruments and supplies for surgical procedures,
performing competently the role of the surgical Technologist in the
provision of surgical assistance during a variety of surgical
procedures including but not limited to: orthopedics, gynecology,
general, ENT, ophthalmology, urology, CV, spine, neurology,
oral/maxillofacial, and minimally invasive procedures.
3. Assists the circulating RN with the sponge, instrument, needle,
and other surgical counts.
4. Role models behaviors and skills, through peer-to-peer
accountability, towards improving department score for patient
satisfaction on unit-based scorecard.
QUALITY/SAFETY - 20 %
1. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during pre and
post procedures. Prepares sterile dressings and/or immobilization
devices. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal
sterilization. Assists other members of the team with terminal
cleaning of the room.
2. Organizes the work flow effectively, problem-solves, and manages
multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision.
3. Participates in debriefing and quality improvement practices to
ensure quality patient care. Contributes to identification of
corrective actions and improvement activities towards improving
quality and safety targets on the unit-based scorecard, through
peer-to-peer accountability, reporting near misses, and
collaborating with the interprofessional healthcare team.
FINANCE - 20 %
1. Organizes time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and
sets priorities. Utilizes time between heavy workloads efficiently
and helps other team members.
2. Maintains efficient use of surgical supplies and minimizes
opening of supplies until confirmation that will be used during
surgery. Makes recommendations for cost containment during
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 20 %
1. Participates in department projects and shared governance
activities. May co-chair a unit-based Shared Governance
2. Acts as resource in surgical technology for the department on
other hospital committees.
3. Proactively seeks opportunities to enhance knowledge and
learning towards expertise in competencies with a focus on
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the
employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job
duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise
job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
o High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include:
GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full
completion of post-secondary education, etc.)
o Successful completion of an accredited Surgical Technology
program or military training equivalency
o Two (2) years as a Surgical Technologist
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
o American Heart Association BLS
o Certification by the Surgical Technologist Association or meet
the grandfather clause.
Grandfather clause (Bill 643): The bill includes an extensive
grandfather clause exempting all individuals employed to practice
surgical technology in a health care facility before Sept. 1, 2009.
The clarification notes that legislation does not state employed
"on" Sept. 1, 2009, but rather "before that date. A surgical
technologist who was employed before Sept. 1, 2009, may remain
employed as a surgical technologist without meeting the
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely
perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills,
competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
o Demonstrates understanding of medical terminology.
o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the
English language necessary to perform the essential functions of
this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or
employee safety or security.
Equal Employment Opportunity. Houston Methodist is an Equal
Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which
Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not
engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person
employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis
of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or
other characteristics protected by law.
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