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UnityPoint Health Surgical Technician-Maternity Unit-Lutheran in Des Moines, Iowa

Assists with patient care activities and performs selected perioperative technical procedures under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. Works cooperatively with other health care team members. Collaborates with RNs and other health care workers to facilitate the delivery of patient care while maintaining standards for perioperative nursing practice in the clinical setting.

Successful performance contributes to a holistic approach to the delivery of services, quality patient/family care, and a high level of satisfaction from patients and surgical team.

Performs procedures for patients after competency determined and provides technical services and support.

  • Utilizes critical thinking in performance of job duties and maintains responsibility relating to surgical technology.

  • Coordinates activities with registered nurses and other coworkers in planning and implementing care within hospital policies and legal limitations.

  • Prepares the operating room for the arrival of surgical patients, assembles equipment, supplies, and instruments for surgical procedures according to preference cards and type of procedure.

  • Assists the circulating nurse with patient care activities including transporting patient, surgical scrub prep, positioning, application of cautery ground pad, and tourniquet cuff. Performs urinary bladder catheterizations under the supervision of the circulating nurse.

  • Responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety and efficiency of the sterile field. Uses aseptic technique to arrange instruments and supplies. Performs instrument, sponge, and sharp counts.

  • Demonstrates correct technique in handling of instruments, sutures, specimens, and medications.


Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.


Successful completion of a surgical tech program from an accredited college.


Previous surgical technician experience


Surg tech certification required within 1 year of hire.

Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons.

Must possess and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or obtain certification within three (3) months from date of hire.


Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Multicultural sensitivity.

Microsoft Office – basic computer skills.

Customer/patient focused.

Requisition ID: 2019-64417

Street: 700 E University Ave

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Posting Minimum: USD $16.88/Hr.

Name: Maternity Unit- Luth

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.4

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Variable

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