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Surgical Technologist II

Primary Location San Diego, California Job Number 1106877 Date posted 09/13/2022
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$3,000 sign-on bonus eligible position!

Under close supervision, assists during surgery as a member of the surgical team by preparing and organizing operating room prior to surgery, selecting and passing instruments during surgical procedures, maintaining operating room in aseptic condition following established policies and procedures; and assists with patient care during and after surgery Conforms to prescribed policies and procedures regarding aseptic techniques. Maintains cooperative, courteous relationship with the patients, public, and other personnel.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assists physician during surgery as a member of surgical team.

  • Passes instruments and supplies as directed. Scrubs and conforms to sterile technique for each procedure.

  • Assists in draping the patient.

  • Provides proper retraction of tissue.

  • At the direction of the surgeon, can hold retractor (but cannot place retractor).

  • Assists in controlling hemostasis by applying a Bovie to a clamp as the direction of the surgeon.

  • Assists with sponging, suctioning, and performing sponge, needle/sharp, and instrument counts.

  • Prepares suture for closure of surgical incision.

  • Applies proper surgical dressing as directed by physician (wound healing and dressings).

  • Recognizes, responds to, and assists in acute emergency situations following established procedures and policies.

  • Hold and position video camera under direction of the surgeon.

  • Check surgeon's preference cards and prepare sterile setup for surgeon.

  • Count with circulating nurse, before she/he preps the patient.

  • Be accountable for items required for documentation on that procedure.

  • Anticipate wants of surgeon and keep adequate sutures and supplies ready.

  • Keep "Mayo Stand" and "Back table" neat and orderly, make sure that there are no loose needles on the field.

  • Confirm all specimens with the surgeon.

  • Handoff specimen's to the circulator prior to the end of the case or earlier if direction of the surgeon.

  • Takes all instruments to workroom for washing or places in cart to return to SPD.

  • Remove suction bottles, etc., disposes of any contaminated instruments.

  • Adheres to methods of sterilization, disinfecting, antisepsis & aseptic techniques.

  • Packaging, storing and dispensing surgery supplies.

  • Principals for maintaining environmental safety: including handing of surgical specimens and body fluids.

  • Required counts.

  • Electrical and radiation hazards, fire safety.

  • Drains, tubes, and collection mechanisms, catheters.

  • Modes of transportation to and from the O.R., including ICU transport.

  • Patient care and emergency procedures.

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Assists surgeons with surgical procedures, in other patient areas according to patient needs, i.e. toucheostoy and PDA repair in NICU.

  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Additional Surgical Technologist II duties include:

 Restocking surgical supplies

 Assisting in creating inventory lists

 Assisting with setting par levels (so co-workers can also restock)

 Assisting with education and in-services when requesting by management and co-workers

 Works with management on re-organization of work environment / storage spaces

 Takes call

 Ability to scrub all cases

 Acts as preceptor/trainee for surgical technician students and new surgical technician staff

Basic Qualifications:


  • One (1) year of operating room or military equivalent experience in scrub role within the last two (2) years or recent completion of operating room training program.

  • Education

  • N/A.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • CST Certification.

  • CPR (BLS).

  • Newly hired surgical technicians (beginning 01/01/06) will be required to become CST certified within six (6) months of hire.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to scrub all types of surgical cases except open heart.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A.
  • Primary Location: California,San Diego,San Diego Medical Center Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Variable: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun Working Hours Start: 09:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: B09|OPEIU|Local 30 Job Level: Individual Contributor Department: San Diego Medical Center - Operating Room-1 - 0801 Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.