Job Description

About WMC:

The major strength of Weeks Medical Center is found in the ability of our physicians and staff to offer extensive services utilizing state-of-the-art technology while maintaining the personalized care of a community hospital. Weeks is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering medical, surgical, and intensive care services. In addition, a wide variety of outpatient services are available, including cardiac and physical rehabilitation; a fully-staffed oncology department; 24-hour emergency care; a fully equipped laboratory; and an extensive radiology department. Weeks is blessed with strong leadership and a dedicated community that allows us to meet the ever-changing requirements of today’s healthcare environment.

About North Country Healthcare (NHC):

North Country Healthcare is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center, located in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, specialty clinics, and home health and hospice services. NCH remains committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve.

North Country Healthcare is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the Human Resources department at the affiliate to which you are applying.

Job Summary:

The Surgical Technician internship program is a minimum of 6 months working full time with your primary preceptor. Your preceptor is your guide, educator, and mentor. By the end of your internship, you will be ready to work independently as a Surgical Technician. The Surgical Technician orientation is a full time (36 hours per week) commitment You are expected to work full time as a Surgical Technician at Weeks Medical Center for two years post-graduation. The Surgical Technician Intern will be required to complete an online didactic program.

The Surgical technician assists the surgeon at the sterile field by providing appropriate and adequate sterile instruments and other supplies during the operative procedure. Maintain the surgical field through aseptic practices. Works under the supervision of the surgeons, Registered Nurses or other surgical personnel as a member of the peri-operative team. Assists in the nursing care and preparation of the surgical patient for surgery. Responsible for the assembly of cases. Works cooperatively with ancillary departments and other team members. Participates in performance improvement initiatives.

Essential Functions:

  • Competent to provide equipment and supplies based on patient needs and participates in the economical utilization of supplies.
  • Establishes priorities, organizes actions and communicates patient needs with team members and other departments in a friendly manner.
  • Able to scrub, gown and glove self and team members.
  • Creates and maintains a sterile field, uses principles of aseptic techniques and universal precautions.
  • Competent to demonstrate manual dexterity in handling instruments and equipment during the operative procedure.
  • Able to assist on all surgical procedures, anticipates the needs of the surgeon
  • Able to perform call duties and adheres to on call policy.
  • After completion of surgery, the surgical technician helps to transport the patient to PACU and assist in assuring comfort and then return to OR for cleaning, maintenance, and sterilization of instruments.
  • Verifies operative site according to policy.
  • Able to perform accurate sponge, sharp and instrument count.
  • Able to handle drugs and solutions under the supervision of the RN circulator.
  • Operates mechanical electrical and air powered equipment according to manufacturers instruction.
  • Competent to handle surgical specimens and assist the RN in proper labeling.
  • Anticipates problems/emergencies and takes appropriate action.
  • Strictly follows hospital policy and procedures and maintains patient/ physician/ staff confidentiality in all activities.

Essential Qualifications: High school graduate, Current LNA, LPN, MA, EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic certification required. Current BLS certification required; ACLS certification preferred.

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