Benefis Health Systems Surgical Technologist (Full Time) in Great Falls, Montana

Job Description

Assists the nurse in giving nursing care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. Assists surgeon during operative and invasive procedures. Ensures operating suite is adequately prepared for procedure. Monitors PAR level of all surgical instruments and supplies. Participates in departmental staff meetings and performance improvement activities. Acts as patient advocate while promoting team work with physicians and other personnel.


Interacts professionally with patient

Provides patient with explanations and verbal reassurance, as necessary.

Notifies appropriate licensed personnel when patient complains of pain.

Adapts procedures to meet individual needs of neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients for treatment.

Prepares room in a timely manner with all anticipated instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment for each individual surgical procedure.

Demonstrates competence in care of specimens and accurately handles specimens at all times.

Assists in positioning, prepping and draping of patients for surgical procedures.

Accurately completes operating room counts (instruments, sponges, needles) according to Benefis Policy and Procedure.

Carries out medical/surgical asepsis during treatments/procedures.

Maintains safe environment for patient, co-workers and self, per hospital policies and procedures.

Checks all equipment/instruments needed, prior to each procedure to ensure proper functioning.

Protects patient’s sensitivities and right to privacy; closely observes patient with minimal disturbance.

Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Follows aseptic technique, when opening sterile supplies and setting up procedures.

Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

Sets up, scrubs and prepares for procedures prior to scheduled time, unless otherwise directed by Circulating RN or Nurse Manager.

Performs services requiring technical or manual skills under the direction of Circulating RN.

Always maintains an orderly and sterile instrument table for the purpose of efficiency; follows department standard set up.

Anticipates needs of surgeon during intraoperative phase.

Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after last case; restocks supplies, when necessary and organizes effectively for end-of-case clean up.

Is fully responsible for care of instruments/equipment during intraoperative and immediate postoperative phase, being fiscally responsible by preventing damage and loss of instrumentation.

Follows written procedures for steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and biological monitoring.

Consults with other staff members, when in question or unfamiliar with equipment or procedure.

Regularly collaborates with other members of the nursing team, in order to maintain equipment and supplies for surgical procedures. As changes occur, communicates changes in procedures to co-workers by updating Physician Preference Cards. Actively participates in Supply Management Processes.

Completes documentation within shift and meets current standards, policies and procedures.

Establishes and maintains effective communication and good working relationship with co‑workers for the patient’s benefit

Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of facts and good judgment within the Operating Room Technologist’s scope of practice.

Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of assigned case and instruments and/or trays to be pulled for the procedure.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Minimum High School diploma or equivalent.

Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technologist Program, required.

Operating Room Technologist Certification required.

Current BCLS Certification.

Minimum of one (1) year of work experience in the operating room preferred.

About Us

Benefis Health System

The medical and professional staff at Benefis is wholly committed to delivering aware-winning, comprehensive patient care. With a patient community of nearly 230,000 and a vast service area, we are the major referral hospital for the northcentral Montana region. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that we're much more than a hospital. Benefis is an entire health system, including a cancer institute, bariatric institute, heart and vascular institute, orthopedic center, senior care center, home health, health and wellness facility and much more.

Great Falls

Great Falls, Montana, rest on the high plains along the Rocky Mountain Front and is centrally located between Glacier National Park to the north and Yellowstone Park to the south. Residents thrive on our wide-open spaces, small town feel and big city services. A warm welcome awaits you in Great Falls.

Date Posted: Posted 4 month(s) ago

Job Family: TECH

Location: Great Falls, Montana