Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Surgical Technician Service Expert - Operating Room ( 1.0FTE, Days ) in Palo Alto, California

Clinical Services

1.0FTE, 8-hour Day Shift

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job.

The Surgical Tech Service Expert is an advanced practitioner who provides expertise in one or more service lines. Provides expertise in the first scrub role in advanced surgical procedures. Serves as a clinical resource for Surgical Tech staff. Partners with Nursing Education in identifying education needs and collaborates in the development of competency-based orientation program for surgical technologists. Performs the preceptor role in the training of students. Participates and provides input to management in decision-making activities related to evaluating and acquiring surgical equipment, instruments and supplies. Leads process improvement initiatives in service area and identifies areas for improvement. Serves on department and hospital committees.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Functions and acts as the recognized expert and is fully responsible and accountable for Service Area of expertise.

  • Acts as resource to less experienced team members throughout the day, even when scrubbed.

  • Collaborates with OR Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the development and provision of a competency-based orientation program for the scrub role in their service and oversees those orienting within their Service.

  • Works in collaboration with OR Management and participates in the annual competency evaluation of Core Team members in their Service.

  • Develops and leads PI (Process Improvement) initiatives. Identifies issues that need improvement and follows through with solutions for positive outcome.

  • Provides service-specific in-services yearly to members of the OR team.

  • Actively participates in physician recruitment and on-boarding activities.

  • Partners with Management and Division Chief in the development of new programs/procedures.

  • Partners with Management to create staffing models to support block allocation for Service.

  • Organizes the work flow, problem-solves, and manages multiple ongoing priorities.

  • Serves as a teacher to the Anesthesia Techs, Operating Room Assistants and SPD Techs on the nuances of supporting their Service.

  • Serves as an expert resource to Bio Med/Clinical Engineering, Vendors and Supply Chain, regarding their Service.

  • Creates and navigates documents using Microsoft Office programs.

  • Maintains and accurately processes and updates surgeon preference cards.

  • Performs all surgical techs functions

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Completion of an accredited program recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or Formal structure surgical program, (e.g., military services)

Experience: 4 years post program experience as a Surgical Tech in an acute care setting with similar patient case load, to include 2 years specifically in the LPCHS OR (Operating Room). The 2 year LPCHS OR experience For external candidates/new hires, 3 years of direct service experience in a particular service in need of an expert and 6 months of LPCHS experience, in which case the 2 year LPCH OR experience could be waived.

License/Certification:BLS – Basic Life Support from American Heart AssociationCST – Certified Surgical Technologist

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Knowledge of the various surgical equipment and advanced surgical instrumentation.

  • Knowledge and expert practice in the first scrub role in advanced surgical procedures.

  • Skills - Leadership skills by displaying a positive attitude, possesses outstanding listening skills, utilizes assertive communication both in spoken and written word, coaches others to improve performance and is recognized as a team player within the department

  • Skills - Time management and organizational skills.

  • Knowledge of department fiscal requirements.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. REQNUMBER: 6767-1A