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Operating Room Assistant

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE

Why work for Nebraska Methodist Health System?
At Nebraska Methodist Health System, we focus on providing exceptional care to the communities we serve and people we employ. We call it The Meaning of Care – a culture that has and will continue to set us apart. It’s helping families grow by making each delivery special, conveying a difficult diagnosis with a compassionate touch, going above and beyond for a patient’s needs, or giving a high five when a patient beats a disease or conquers a personal health challenge. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits and a great work environment where all employees are valued! Most importantly, our employees are part of a team that makes a real difference in the communities we live and work in.

Job Summary:

Operating room assistants work under the supervision of surgeons, nurses and other surgical staff with a variety of tasks before, during and after surgery.


Essential Functions

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  • Assist ORS in monitoring, rotating and removing all outdated and overstocked materials and verifies perioperative services par levels are adjusted accordingly.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.
  • Communicate 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.
  • Responsible for general upkeep of rooms (locker rooms, lounge, sub-sterile rooms, scrub sink areas, patient care areas, etc) to provide a safe, clean, organized environment for patients, customers and team members.

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.

Job Description:

Job Requirements


  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (G.E.D.) required.


  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) strongly preferred at time of hire, required within 3 months of hire.


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


  • Effective interpersonal communication skills.

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


  • Located in an environment with regular exposure to moderate physical discomfort from fumes orders, temperature extremes, loud noises and bright lights.


  • 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 Fluids-BBF)
    • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
    • Equipment/Machinery/Tools

About Methodist:

Nebraska Methodist Health System is made up of four hospitals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa, more than 30 clinic locations, a nursing and allied health college, and a medical supply distributorship and central laundry facility. From the day Methodist Hospital was chartered in 1891, service to our communities has been a top priority. Financial assistance, health education, outreach to our diverse communities and populations, and other community benefit activities have always been central to our mission.

Nebraska Methodist Health System is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by Federal, state or local law.

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Date Posted March 9, 2023
Date Closes May 8, 2023
Requisition JR155652
Located In Omaha, NE
Job Type Full-time Employee
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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