Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)-Operating Room

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Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)-Operating Room

NYEE of Mt. Sinai Surgery Center
New York, NY 10010
$40 – $55 an hour – Full-time, Part-time, Per diem

Supervisor: Clinical Coordinator / Executive Director/Administrator

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:

Performs a variety of duties in the Center, as a member of the surgical team. Scrubs on all types of cases performed at the Center, including orthopedic, plastic surgery, laser and local cases. Assists in preparation for cases by “picking cases” and set-up and maintenance of sterile field. May also function as surgeon’s second assistant.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Prepares for next days scheduled procedures by picking cases, using surgeon’s preference cards to assure that all necessary supplies, instruments and equipment are available. Labels cases and prepares a needs list accurately.

Demonstrates appropriate sterile and aseptic techniques, at all times in the surgery suite.

Demonstrates appropriate dress, according to policy, at all times in the surgery suite.

Performs scrub technician and surgery assistant function according to AORN

Recommended Practices and Center policies:

a. Performs appropriate hand scrub at beginning of day and for each case thereafter.

b. Dons sterile dress appropriately, using closed glove technique.

c. Demonstrates set-up and maintenance of the sterile field for all assigned cases.

  • Demonstrates instrument set-up, arranging instrumentation, equipment and supplies on the mayo and back table(s) as appropriate for the assigned case and according to AORN
  • Recommended Practices, Center policy and the surgeon’s preference card.
  • Anticipates needs of the surgeon and other members of the surgical team, such as instrumentation, sponges, sutures, suction and bovie (intra-operatively).
  • Passes instruments to members of the surgical team in a safe manner and in such a way as to not divert attention away from the operative field, whenever possible.
  • Handles sharps appropriately, per policy, so as to safeguard self and other members of the surgical team.
  • Manages the operative field, including drapes, equipment, instrumentation, and personnel during the procedure and in a manner which assures maintenance of the sterile field.

i. Assists in observing the patient, during the operative procedure, for complications such as hemorrhage and furnishes equipment and supplies to provide for optimum patient outcome.

  • Handles specimens appropriately, per Center policy.
  • Assists in application of sterile dressing prior to removal of drapes from field.
  • Prepares clean and contaminated instruments and supplies utilized in the surgery suite for transport, in an appropriate manner, and transports to decontamination for processing and re-sterilization.
  • Demonstrates care of delicate instrumentation by proper handling and storage of instruments used on assigned cases.
  • Assists in disinfecting, cleaning and preparation for sterilization, any instruments, equipment, and supplies utilized at Center.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to operate equipment used in processing, instrumentation, such as an ultrasonic cleaner, washer-disinfector, Steris System I and autoclave, using the appropriate settings.
  • Assists in surgery suite maintenance including case preparation, turn-over, and terminal cleaning. Follows AORN Recommended Practices and Center policy.
  • Assists with inventory control and stocking of supplies.
  • Assists visitors, staff and physicians, utilizing good guest relations.
  • Acts as a resource person to other members of the staff.
  • Adheres to all infection control policies including OSHA guidelines for Universal Precautions for exposure to blood and body fluids, utilizing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and sharps handling.
  • Assists in orientation of new personnel, students, and approved program participants by explaining and demonstrating techniques and methods used in Center units and answering questions appropriately.
  • Participates in the Quality Improvement Program activities including identification of aspects of care, collection and analysis of data, formulation of recommendations, and implementation of an improvement plan and evaluation of the process.
  • Attends staff and unit meetings and educational opportunities.
  • Prioritizes job responsibilities to facilitate optimum patient care and utilization of resources.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in meeting the needs of the Center and the clinical units.
  • Maintains all required certifications. Performs effectively in an emergency situation.
  • Maintains strict patient and professional confidentiality.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Graduate of an accredited training program. Certification (CST) preferred.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills.
  • Requires prolonged periods of standing in place at sterile field.
  • Requires ability to perform lifting and transport of patients; and lifting of instrument trays and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to work with a minimum of supervision and to organize work in order of importance.
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful situations and in a variety of surgical environments.
  • Requires manual dexterity to handle instrumentation, hearing to understand verbal instructions and near vision to distinguish supplies and instrumentation.
  • Current CPR licensure.
Working Conditions:
  • Accountability to Clinical Coordinator with indirect accountability to the Executive Director.
  • Normal hospital environment with exposure to chemical odors, cleaning solvents, and other hazardous materials.
  • Exposure to possible injury when working with electrical equipment and lasers which requires care and following proper safety procedures.

Based on the OSHA guidelines for protection against occupational exposure to hepatitis and HIV, this position is described as Category I. This means that this position has exposure to blood and body fluids. Policies are in place for Universal Precautions identifying exposure risks and appropriate barrier protection.

The above is intended to describe the general content and requirements for the performance for this position. 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
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Medical Specialty:

  • Surgery


  • 10 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift

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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