University of Utah Health Surgical Technician - Neurosciences Operating Room (OR), PRN Hours in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

University of Utah Health is the state’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for a referral area that encompasses 10% of the U.S., including Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and much of Nevada. A hub for health sciences research and education in the region, U of U Health touts a $356 million research enterprise and trains the majority of Utah’s physicians and more than 1,250 health care providers each year at its Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health. With more than 20,000 employees, the system includes 12 community clinics and four hospitals — University Hospital; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; Huntsman Cancer Hospital; and the University Orthopaedic Center. For nine straight years, U of U Health has ranked among the top 10 U.S. academic medical centers in the rigorous Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, including reaching No. 1 in 2010 and 2016.

Neurosciences OR supports surgical services of multiple specialties primarily neurosurgery, and also orthopaedics, otolaryngoscopy, general surgery, and plastics services. We utilize the most sophisticated equipment, ensuring that after all procedures, patients are cared for by specialized physicians, nurses and staff. Neuroscience Center neurosurgeons have access to the latest technology for all neurological surgical procedures e.g. intraoperative MRI, Clearpoint, stereotactic surgical navigation, the Visualase-guided laser probe, etc. Neurosurgery procedures are available for all neurosurgical conditions e.g. aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, brain tumors, carotid artery blockage/stenosis, cerebrovascular surgery, functional neurosurgery, skull base surgery, spine surgery, etc.

This position assists the surgical team by acting as the primary scrub person who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment during surgical procedures. The incumbent maintains constant vigilance for the maintenance of the sterile field and assists with maintaining equipment and instruments as well as with supply inventory.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to state law


  • Checks supplies/instrumentation and equipment needed for surgical procedures and ensures they are working properly.

  • Opens sterile supplies and sets up the table for each surgical procedure.

  • Provides a sterile field for surgical procedures. Ensures that the members of the surgical team are properly attired and assists the surgeon with draping the patient to isolate the operative site.

  • Assists in the maintenance of the sterile field by applying principles of aseptic techniques and informing the surgeon/surgical team of infractions.

  • Anticipates and passes instruments and supplies to the surgeon.

  • Responsible to follow the Perioperative count policy which includes counting: sharps, instruments, sponges, etc. in collaboration with the circulating nurse.

  • Responsible for knowing what counted items are used at the sterile field.

  • Cleans, wraps and prepares the instruments for sterilization.

  • Assists in the maintenance of specialty surgical services.

  • Prepares the sterile dressing for the patient's incision.

  • Orients medical/nursing students and technicians to the unit.

  • Assists in the development of unit goals/objectives, quality improvement and cost containment measures.

  • Arranges for borrowing/lending of equipment as directed.

  • May assist in the scheduling of surgical procedures.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, physiology and anatomy.

  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.

  • This position has the authority to identify to operating room staff when there is a break in the sterile field and to take appropriate corrective measures. This requires good interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.

  • Representative challenges for the incumbent include maintaining a fast/rapid pace as well as working for multiple surgeons and anticipating their individual needs and preferences.

  • Ability to ensure the proper care, maintenance and coordination of surgical instruments and supplies.

  • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.




  • Successful completion of an accredited O.R. Technician program, military training as a scrub tech, or two years of hands-on experience as a surgical technician.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Certification by the Surgical Technologist Association and two years of experience.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds any may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects. The incumbent may face exposure to potentially dangerous contaminated body fluids, new and used needles, razor blades, knives, bone shavings, pieces of glass, and other contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job and must wear protective attire at all times. The position also requires standing or walking for long periods of time.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

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EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 33018

Reg/Temp Temporary

Employment Type PRN

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Monday-Friday

Location Name Clinical Neurosciences Center

Patient Care? Yes


State UT


Category Surgical Services

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.