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Surgical Technician I - Cardiovascular Operating Room (Days)

Job Ref: 24706

Talent Area: Surg Tech

Houston Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX 77030

Area/Department: OR Services - Fondren

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

Job Summary


The Surgical Technician I is an entry level position requiring basic knowledge and skills necessary to carry out delegated tasks associated with the safe and efficient operating room support functions and related procedures. Records data established by policy and procedure and reports observations and patient problems to the licensed nurse. The Surgical Tech is responsible for assigned non-nursing functions and practices relationship centered care in concert with the Methodist Values.      


1. Gathers all instruments and supplies for each assigned procedure and ensures that the set-up and equipment is ready before surgeon scrubs. 

2. Employs knowledge of surgical technician role in the provision of surgical assistance during a variety of surgical procedures and specialties.

3. Responsible for consis10tly demonstrating knowledge of instrument sets and proficient in the knowledge of surgical supplies. 

4. Consistently performs appropriate skills of sterile technique.

5. Performs duties of decontamination and use of autoclave equipment. Assists with the care of instruments, equipment, and supplies following surgery. 

6. Assists the circulating RN with the sponge, instrument, needle and other surgical counts. 

7. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon and nursing staff to support patient during procedures. 

8. Maintains and accurately processes and updates surgeon preference cards. 

9. Participants in restocking of supplies. 

10. Organizes the work flow, problem-solves, and manages multiple ongoing priorities with supervision

11. Demonstrates the componets of the I CARE values statement (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence).

12. Demonstrates the Service Pride standards (smiles and makes eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; takes 5 minutes each day to go to above and beyond for 1 patient or visitor; honors diversity; thanks every customer).

13. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the work place.

14. Performs other duties as assigned.      

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS     High School Diploma or GED equivalent required.  Successful completion of an accredited OR Technician program or equivalency required.     

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS      0 - 18 months of experience as a Surgical Technician required.    

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED      Must be certified by the Surgical Technologist Association or meet the grandfather clause. Grandfather clause: 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 certification requirement.  American Heart Association BLS required.     

SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED     1. Must pass and demonstrate skills and competency upon clinical orientation to the unit.  2. Must be able to write and speak effectively in English. Knowledge of Medical terminology required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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