Surgical Tech

  • O'Connor Hospital
  • O'Connor Hospital San Jose California 95128 US
  • Posted: Jan 27, 2019
Other Allied Health

Job Description


Verity Health System offers a dynamic environment for individuals dedicated to careers in healthcare -- whether you seek a clinical or administrative role.  Created in December 2015, the new Verity Health System team is working to revitalize our facilities to create a more welcoming, healing environment for our patients.  We are investing in new technology to advance our delivery of safe, quality patient care.  If you welcome the challenge of re-inventing healthcare for the patients we serve at our Verity Health hospitals and through our Verity Medical Foundation, this could be the opportunity for you.  With more than 8,000 employees and physicians, Verity Health is a non-profit, non-religious health care system with 1,650 inpatient beds, six active emergency rooms and host of medical specialties including:  orthopedics, transplant surgery, cardiology, maternal/child health and wound care, among other specialties.  We are committed to the Verity Values of Caring, Respect, Integrity, Passion and Stewardship and the goal of serving our communities for generations to come. 


Performs technical skills and provides direct assistance to surgeons, anesthesia personnel, registered nurses, and other professionals in the operating room. Performs similar duties in other areas of the hospital as assigned.



  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of surgical procedures and instrumentation.
  • Pursues professional growth and development.
  • Preforms all responsibilities/duties required, as defined in the scope of service, to ensure that the unique nature of the client is addressed.
  • Functions as a role model for current and new surgical staff.
  • Attends all required safety training programs and can describe his or her responsibilities related to general safety, department/service safety, and specific job-related hazards.
  • Follow the hospital exposure control plans/bloodborne and airborne pathogens.
  • Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible, and courteous environment.
  • Promotes effective working relations and work effectively as part of a department/unit team inter- and intradepartmentally to facilitate the department/unit's ability to meet its goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates the behaviors and actions that support Verity Health System Values.
  • Assumes all other duties/responsibilities as assigned.
  • Maintains accurate documentation.




  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Graduate of accredited surgical technician-training program
  • Current BCLS certificate through American Heart Association
  • Certification as a Surgical tech is not required but preferred
  • Refer to Side Letter Agreement for Surgical Tech Career Ladder

Work Experience:

  • Graduate of a formal accredited training program or Minimum 2 years of acute hospital scrub tech experience
  • Refer to Side Letter Agreement for Surgical Tech Career Ladder

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Training at a recognized program


Side Letter of Agreement
Surgical Technologist Career Ladder

Surgical Tech I, Non-Certified, New Grad.-

Eligibility for the Operating Room Tech 1 classification requires completion and passing from an accredited Operating Room Technician School and/or military program.  This is an entry level position.  If not already certified, the employee must obtain certification within one (1) year of employment.  BLS certification required.

Surgical Tech II, Non-Certified-

Eligibility for the Operating Room Tech II classification requires demonstrated competency in four (4) specialties and at least two (2) years' experience.  The employee is working towards certification as a Surgical Tech, Certification not required.  BLS certification required.

Surgical Tech III, Certified-

Eligibility for Surgical Tech III classification requires demonstrated competency in at least 7 (seven) surgical specialties and at least four (4) years' experience.  Employee does not scrub hearts.  Employee must be a Certified Surgical Technician.  BLS certification required.

Surgical Tech IV, Certified, plus hearts-

Eligibility for Surgical Tech, Certified, plus hearts classification requires demonstrated competency in at least 7 (seven) surgical specialties and at least eight (8) years' experience.  In addition, the employee must scrub cardiothoracic services line including open heart and CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) procedures.  The employee must have obtained and maintained certification as a Surgical Technician.  BLS certification required.

Training:  When there is a scrub position opening on the heart team, O'Connor Hospital OR will train a Surgical Tech III to scrub cardiothoracic, CABG and open heart procedures.  The ORT will be trained by an experienced heart scrub nurse, OR Tech IV or combination of both.  Once the trainee has completed 10 procedures, the trainee, the trainer(s) and the manager/director will meet to discuss the progress of the trainee.  We will evaluate whether the trainee can independently function as an ORT during cardiothoracic cases.  If all agree that the ORT is proficient in all cases, the trainee will have completed their training and be expected to function independently on these cases.  When the next heart call schedule comes out, the ORT will be placed on the call schedule prescribed by the rules that are followed in the OR for call.  The ORT will no longer be required to take general call if they are meeting their obligation of taking heart call.  The ORT can take call on both schedules, should they so choose, as long as the heart call schedule is completely covered.  Call is required on the heart call schedule and, once the ORT is independently functioning as a cardiac team member, the primary duty as it relates to call, is to cover the heart call, as needed.


*   General/Urology
*   Ortho/Podiatry
*   Spine
*   Neuro
*   Vascular
*   Eyes
*   ENT
*   Cardiothoracic
*   CABG, Open Heart
*   OB/GYN
*   Plastics

*  Robotics