Job description

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.

Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognizedeach year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!

Shift: Rotating (3) 12 hour shifts/week with 7a-7p and 7p-7a, Weekends, and holidays as required by unit schedule.


- ST with at least 1 year of experience, but new graduates with strong clinical experience will be considered.

- Great communication skills

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

- Will be expected to assist in Triage area, vaginal deliveries as well as Cesarean Sections.

Level I

New graduate with up to 18 months of full-time equivalent experience.

Perform all responsibilities in a manner that demonstrates Service Excellence towards patients, physicians, peers and other departments. Assume responsibility for upholding the policies and procedures of the department and organization.

Demonstrates eagerness to learn, takes direction, adapts to changes within unit, demonstrates consistent progress toward Level II.

Establishes and maintains sterile field and assures team maintains sterile environment. Demonstrate and practice a good understanding of sterile technique.

Has a basic knowledge of instrumentations. Prepare Operating Room with appropriate instrumentation, equipment and supplies.

Demonstrates correct and safe instrumentation passing and performs sponge, needle and instrument counts in a safe and accurate manner.

Maintain technical skills to serve a patient population comprised of infancy to geriatric clients.

Take calls and rotate shifts as required under the direction of a registered nurse.

For Surgical Technologists with a dual role in an ambulatory environment, additional responsibilities may include: prepare patients for examinations and procedures in the surgical clinic setting; assist the physician during patient examination and procedures in the clinic; collect and label laboratory specimens for processing; reinforce postoperative instructions under direction of physician or RN; assist with incoming and outgoing patient calls under supervision of physician or RN; remove sutures/ staples, change sterile and non-sterile dressings, following DUHS policies and procedures, under direction of RN or physician; perform other clinical functions as delegated and supervised by the RN or physician; schedule and post surgical cases; coordinate complex scheduling of cases which require additional surgical support; update and file patient medical records.

Must advance to level II within 18 months.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

Level II

Perform all the duties and responsibilities of Level I, plus the following:

Assist with the teaching of newly hired technologists and student technologists.

Serve as a role model to new employees and other staff members.

Establish and maintain sterile field and assure team maintains sterile environment independently.

Anticipate the needs of the surgical team.

Apply basic knowledge of instrumentations to several cases.

Demonstrate appropriate and correct case preparation.

Competent at unit level.

Corrects deficiencies at the case level.

Communicate effectively with patients, staff members and physicians.

Adherence to standards including but not limited to unit and hospital policies and procedures, regulatory standards, and patient safety goals.

Assume responsibility for self and ensures that the policies, procedures and safety practices of the Operating Room and Hospital are reinforced.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

Required Qualifications at this LevelEducation: Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology program or the successful completion of the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) or NBSTSA certification exam.

Experience:Level I- Entry level position for new graduates of Surgical Technology program or Surgical Technologists with 0 to 18 months experience.

Level II- Requires 6 to 12 months of full-ime equivalent Surgical Technology or relevant military experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Ability to adapt to changes within unit.

Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure in a stressful environment, and often without relief.

Ability to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy relating to the surgical procedure and the instrumentation required in order to effectively anticipate the needs of the surgeon.

Ability to set priorities and respond appropriately to actual and/or potential life threatening situations.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Posted: 1/9/2021
Application Due: 3/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time