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Operating Room Assistant - Surgery Main (Days, 40 hrs/wk)

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
  • Purpose of Job
    • Operating room assistants work under the supervision of surgeons, nurses and other surgical staff with a variety of tasks before, during and after surgery.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D) required

    • Experience
      • Clinical experience of at least one year in an accredited hospital with operating room experience preferred.

    • License/Certifications
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required. 

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • N/A
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) Blood or Body Fluid (BBF)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Assists in maintaining a sterile field during surgical procedure through consistent application of aseptic technique.
        • Learns and follows policies and procedures for application of sterile technique.
        • Demonstrates understanding of identification and transport of surgical specimens.
        • Assist OR personnel in positioning patient for the appropriate procedure.
        • Assist OR personnel with surgical skin prep as directed.
        • Actively participates in the “tear down” and/or turnover of the room following a case.

      • Learns to readily identify location/secure supplies/equipment in the core, sterile supply, sterile processing and storage areas.
        • Ability to set up cases and pull necessary supplies and equipment.
        • Ability to prioritize needs for cases.
        • Assist ORS in monitoring, rotating and removing all outdated and overstocked materials and verifies perioperative services par levels are adjusted accordingly. Maintain supply par levels in all areas of the perioperative storage.
        • Assist in keeping Service Coordinators and staff informed of supply/instrument shortages/backorders and the plan to meet needs.
        • Anticipate prioritization of supplies/instruments when multiple cases are scheduled and resources need to be turned over for subsequent cases of the day in all surgical areas.
        • Monitors oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen tank levels: reorders replacement tanks before levels are critical.
        • Assist Service Coordinator with reviewing surgical schedule in advance to verify that necessary supplies and equipment are available when needed.
        • Demonstrate competency in sterile processing and sterile supply.
        • Coordinates loans and returns of perioperative services equipment and other materials.
        • Commutate with staff and service leaders to assure availability of needed sutures and elimination of waste and outdates. Assist in keeping suture pods stocked.
        • Implements cost containment practices by advocating for judicious use of perioperative services materials.
        • Serves and a resource for perioperative personnel in matters such as product, instruments and stocking supplies.
        • Provides a high level of service for all customers (eg, physicians, health care industry representatives, perioperative personnel) and prompt responses for emergently needed equipment, supplies and instruments.

      • Maintains a professional behavior in attitudes, demeanor, and interactions to achieve organization's mission. (Quality Improvement, Image of Nursing, Interdisciplinary Relationships, Professional Development, Community, and the Healthcare Organization.)
        • Maintains positive attitude.
        • Communicates effectively.
        • Demonstrates ability to give individualized care according to patient needs.

      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.
        • Demonstrates ability to give individualized care according to patient needs.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

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