Palatka, Florida



Putnam Community Medical Center, a 99-bed, acute care facility, located at 611 Zeagler Dr, in Palatka, provides the latest technology with the assurance of highly trained, caring professionals to the residents of Putnam County. The hospital serves North Central Florida with a full complement of quality healthcare services while maintaining cost-effectiveness.


Basic Function:

A. Support PCMC's hallmarks of service excellence and quality for all job responsibilities.

B. The surgical technologist works under medical and nursing supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. This individual's role is to ensure that the Surgical Service's environment is safe, that equipment functions appropriately, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. In addition to the regular job duties of the Surgical Technologist, may also perform in the role of Surgical First Assistant with the proper credentials.

Significant Responsibilities:

A. Consistently deliver the best in customer service and patient care. As a team member, demonstrate respect, dignity, dignity, kindness and empathy in each encounter with patients, families, visitors and other employees.

B. Champion PCMC's mission, vision and values; comply with the policies and procedures, ethical standards and code of conduct set forth by the company.

C. Obtains appropriate sterile and unsterile items needed for procedure.

D. Sets up the Operating Room Suite with the correct equipment, position aids, and all necessary safety items.

E. Creates a sterile environment while opening sterile supplies.

F. Sets up sterile table with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for procedure.

G. Performs appropriate counts with circulator prior to the operation and before incision is closed.

H. Assist with surgical procedures including such activities as gowning and gloving surgeon and assistants, assisting with draping the sterile field, passing instruments and supplies to the surgeon during the procedure, holding retractors or instruments applying clamps cutting suture material as directed by the surgeon, connecting drains to suction apparatus and anticipating additions supplies needed during the procedure.

I. Keeps accurate records throughout the procedure.

J. Ensures correct labeling and handling of surgical specimens and medicine.

K. Secures dressings after incision closure.

L. Helps transport patient to recovery room.

M. Prepares instruments for cleaning and reprocessing.

N. Assists in cleaning of room and preparing for next patient.

O. Performs special assignments as outlined and defined by Director; ordering supplies, inventory functions, equipment, instrument care and maintenance.

P. Reports supply and equipment needs to the manager and distributes items to appropriate area.

Q. Assists in the orientation of new personnel to the unit as instructed by the manager.

R. Responsible for receiving, sorting, cleaning and sterilizing supplies and equipment.

S. Sorts, assembles, and inspect instrument trays reporting any defects, damage, or function.

T. Function as a first assistant during operative and other invasive procedures by

     -Providing exposure through correct use of instruments, retractors, suction, and sponging techniques as directed by the surgeon.

     -Handling and dissecting tissues as directed by the surgeon

     -Clamping blood vessels, coagulating bleeding points, and ligating vessels as directed by the surgeon

     -Placing drains as directed by surgeon

     -Suturing muscle, fascia, subcutaneous, and skin as directed by the surgeon





Education: One or more years of education attained through graduation from a CST or ST program. On the job training in the role of the ST will be acceptable for employment


Experience: One or more years experience as an OR Surgical Technologist preferred.  Membership in CST association preferred.  Current CPR certification as a Basic Rescuer is a must


Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration: CST certification preferred, to perform as a Surgical First Assistant must have a Certification as a CSFA – Certified Surgical First Assistant


Other Minimum Qualifications:

The ability to retrieve, communicate or otherwise present information in a written, auditory, or visual fashion is essential.  The primary method to express or exchange ideas is through the spoken word.  Written, telephone, and manual dexterity skills are required for the position.


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