Purpose: To assist the surgeon and circulating nurse in providing an optimal gastroenterology (GI) environment and to strive to fulfill the surgicenter’s goal of providing the best possible care to patients who have stomach or intestine problems undergoing ambulatory surgery procedures.
1. Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Endoscopy experience preferred.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) is required.
- Works as a team member, and can follow instructions.
- Maintains a safe working environment; safety, skill and efficiency are reflected in action.
- Is flexible and adaptable to the demands of an ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable intraoperative workplace.
- Relates in a supportive and positive manner to other members of the surgical team. Tack and understanding is demonstrated in dealing with other facility personnel, medical staff and vendors.
- Is self-motivated and interested in learning new processes and procedures.
- Participates in appropriate in-services and maintains skills. Assists in the orientation of new employees.
- Uses proper communication channels and refers unusual problems to the Clinical Administrator.
- Completes assignments accurately and adapts easily to changes in workload and schedule.
- Assists in the development and revision of policies and procedures for endoscopy.
- Efficient, economical utilizing of supplies and equipment is demonstrated.
- Working with central supplies and assisting with the cleaning and disinfecting of scopes per manufacturer recommendations.
- Assists in central with receiving and stocking of needed supplies.
Job Specific Goals
- The following duties are performed prior to each procedure:
- Assists the circulating nurse in ensuring that the room is properly prepared to receive the patient.
- Assembles and prepares the necessary scope/scopes needed for the procedure.
- Clean disinfect, or calibrate scopes or other endoscopic instruments.
- Inspects scope and tests equipment to ensure that they are in the proper working order.
- The following duties are performed after the patient enters the operating room:
- Assists in the positioning of the patient on the stretcher considering the patient’s comfort and the exposure needed during the surgical procedure.
- Assists the surgeon and anticipates his/her needs in a timely and appropriate manner.
- Anticipates unexpected need for surgical instruments and supplies not immediately at hand and requests same from circulating nurse in a positive and timely manner.
- Is accurate and reliable in the handling of surgical specimens.
- Keeps the surgical field clean and uncluttered. Manages dirty instrument and supplies in a manner to prevent the spread of infection.
- Maintains an accurate count of sponges and sharps according to surgicenter policy.
- Handles and disposes of contaminated waste according to surgicenter policy.
- Transfers covered scope bin to decontamination room.
- Assists with the general cleaning of the room.
- Assists in inventory of supplies and equipment to ensure availability. Stocks rooms as requested and knows where supplies are located.
Environmental and Working Conditions
1. Work area is kept clean and safe.
2. Frequent exposure to biological, chemical and environmental contaminants including
infectious waste, anesthetic agents, vapors, solutions, and sterilizers.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements of Job:
- Physically demanding job, requiring standing, and walking for extended periods of time.
- Lifting and carrying items weighting up to 50lbs.
- Exposure to blood, body fluids, communicable disease, chemicals and repetitive motion.
- Full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients.
- Working irregular hours.
- Performs routine maintenance to instruments and equipment according to manufacturers’ directions.
- Inspects instruments for proper functioning before sterilization.
- Removes broken or malfunctioning instrument from inventory – reports same to Clinical Nurse Administrator.
- Maintains awareness of safety hazards and use of equipment to prevent damage to personnel and patients.