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Surgical Attendant - Duke Eye Center

Duke University
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Jun 24, 2021
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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!

Surgical Attendants: Join our Perioperative team supporting patients through surgery.


Perform a variety of technical, environmental, and patient care duties under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. These duties include patient transportation and positioning, and equipment management, performed in accordance with established hospital and nursing policy and within the legal scope of practice for the unlicensed caregiver.

Shift – Days

Work Performed

Level I

Verify patient location and identification. Transfer and/or assist patients during transport, following departmental safety guidelines. Communicate with patients and respond to patient needs promptly, satisfy needs or refer their requests to appropriate personnel. Keep charge nurse informed of room status and attendant availability. Assist in the orientation of new staff as requested by nurse manager or designee. Provide emergency assistance as required and/or directed by surgeon and/or nursing personnel. Transport specimen, equipment, etc. to appropriate area in safe and efficient manner. According to the plan of care developed by the RN, deliver patient care appropriate to the age of the patients served. Successfully complete annual self-instructional unit regarding age appropriate care for the infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Prepare the unit for cases/procedures utilizing functional equipment and supplies. Assist with positioning the patient and follow accepted procedures for preparation of patients for surgical procedures. Assist with wraps, casts, and dressings. Route non-functional equipment to proper maintenance department for repair, noting on equipment what the malfunction appears to be. Assist in minor maintenance functions (i.e. replace lightbulbs in power sources and surgical lights). Set up and troubleshoot all equipment in service line and 85% of all equipment in other services. Accurately and safely use all patient positioning devices and tables. Clean equipment, tables and floor as required with proper cleaning solution. Collect, bag, and remove soiled linen and trash properly. Replace suction liners, trash bags and other supplies as needed. Return cleaned equipment to appropriate area after the case. Stock and maintain adequate levels of supplies at scrub sink and sub rooms as appropriate. Maintain orderly work environment by keeping operating rooms, storage areas, hallways and all units clean, tidy and hazard free. Obtain and maintain unit supplies and equipment.

Level II

Perform all duties of Level I in addition to the following: Serve as a resource and role model for Surgical Attendants and others. Provide leadership and guidance to Surgical Attendants under the direction of an RN. Assist with daily assignments in cooperation with unit management representatives. Cooperate in planning orientation of new Surgical Attendants, under the supervision of an RN. Provide feedback to management representative regarding orientation/skills of new employees. Serve as a resource and role model for Surgical Attendants and others. Provide leadership and guidance to Surgical Attendants under the direction of an RN. Assist with daily assignments in cooperation with unit management representatives. Cooperate in planning orientation of new Surgical Attendants, under the supervision of an RN. Provide feedback to management representative regarding orientation/skills of new employees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Level I - Basic mechanical knowledge for assembly of equipment and the ability to comprehend and follow instructions. Knowledge of sterile technique. Physical abilities to complete job duties which include heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, standing, and walking, ability to push, pull climb, stoop/kneel, reach overhead and rotate trunk for prolonged periods.

Level II - Same as Level I plus leadership skills.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires basic mechanical knowledge for assembly of equipment and the ability to comprehend and follow instructions normally acquired through a partial high school education.


Level I - Six months experience in a hospital setting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Level II - Three years experience as Surgical Attendant I, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Level I - Current BCLS certification.

Level II - Same as Level I plus, currently listed as a Nursing Assistant (NAI) with the North Carolina Division of Facilities Services with no substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property (preferred but not required).

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.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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