Certified Central Sterile Technician

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Certified Central Sterile Technician

NYEE of Mt. Sinai Surgery Center
New York, NY 10010
$25 – $35 an hour – Full-time, Part-time, Per diem
Supervisor: Clinical Coordinator and Executive Director

Supervises: None

Mission and Values:

In the performance of one’s job, the employee reflects the Mission by participating in the provision of convenient, cost-effective, quality surgical care.


  • Confidentiality
  • Quality
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Respect
Job Summary:

Decontaminates and prepares for sterilization, all trays, instrumentation and equipment used at the Center. Processes instrumentation between cases in a timely manner following all facility accepted practices as outlined in center Policy & Procedures. Performs regular equipment checks such as autoclave QI program, and maintains records/logs. Assists in moving and positioning of patients, as time permits and need exists. Responsible for maintaining a clean and safe environment, particularly in turn-over of the surgery suites between cases, while assisting with terminal cleaning at the end of the schedule.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
  • Washes/decontaminates and assures presence of all instrumentation in tray, prepare for processing and correctly label all instruments and trays used at Center.
  • Prepares for safe processing and storage of small or peel-pouched supplies.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of cleaning and processing methods, according to AORN standards and manufacturer recommendations, all types of instruments and equipment utilized within the Center for sterilization.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in utilization of equipment such as autoclave, Steris, and ultrasonic cleaner, according to AORN standards, Center policy/procedures and manufacturer’s recommendations. Demonstrated ability to process instruments efficiently and properly between cases and at end of schedule.
  • Returns sterile trays, instruments and equipment to their proper storage location after processing.
  • Regularly checks trays, instrumentation and sterile equipment for outdate or compromised package integrity.
  • Performs daily/weekly Quality assurance testing and maintains documentation/logs.
  • Communicates need to order any supplies needed for QA or processing functions.
  • Assists, as time allows, in movement and positioning of patients within the Center, utilizing appropriate body mechanics.
  • Assists, as time allows, in surgery suite turn-over by removing trash and linen, cleaning and remaking the surgery table/bed, and mopping floor with appropriate antibacterial solution.
  • Handles, transports, delivers specimens appropriately and per policy/procedure.
  • Distributes linen from linen delivery cart to appropriate clinical areas, such as blanket warmers, scrub storage, unit and surgery suite linen stock.
  • Assist with daily terminal cleaning of clinical areas and equipment at end of schedule. Notifies Clinical Coordinator of any maintenance needed.
  • Assists visitors, staff and physicians, utilizing good guest relations.
  • Acts as a resource person to staff regarding instrumentation and processing equipment and techniques.
  • Adheres to OSHA guidelines for Universal Precautions for exposure to blood and body fluids at all times, using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Follows AORN Recommended Practices and Center policies at all times.
  • Participates in the orientation of new employees, students and other approved program participants.
  • Participates in Center Quality Improvement Program activities including identification of aspects of care, collection and analysis of data, implementation of a plan for improvement and evaluation of the process.
  • Attends Center staff and unit meetings and educational opportunities.
  • Maintains all required certifications (CPR). Performs effectively in emergency situations.
  • Prioritizes job responsibilities to facilitate efficient and optimum patient care.
  • Demonstrates ability to work efficiently in a busy environment, giving attention to details.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in meeting the needs of the unit and the Center.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Pick cases for next day’s schedule.
  • Help put stock away.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Certification in sterile stores processing preferred.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills required to facilitate effective interaction with variety of health care professionals.
  • Significant prior knowledge and experience working with surgical instrumentation and equipment required.
  • Prior experience working with an instrument tray system and sterile wrapping techniques (single and double wrapping, peel pouches) required.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and to organize work in order of importance, prioritizing to achieve unit and Center goals.
  • Familiarity with medical terminology preferred or required to complete a course in medical terminology. Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages.
Working Conditions:
  • Accountable to the Clinical Coordinator with indirect accountability to the Executive Director.
  • Normal peri-operative environment with occasional exposure to chemical odors, cleaning solvents, and other hazardous materials.
  • Occasional exposure to possible injury when working with electrical equipment which requires care and following proper safety procedures.
  • Requires standing and walking for prolonged periods of time. Requires ability to perform lifting of patients and instrumentation and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Based on the OSHA guidelines for protection against exposure to hepatitis and HIV, this position is described as Category I. This means that this position has some exposure to blood and body fluids. Policies are in place for Universal Precautions identifying risks and appropriate barrier protection.
  • The above is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance for this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Per diem


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance

Medical Specialty:

  • Surgery


  • 10 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • New York, NY 10023: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: One location


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