Geisinger Health System SURGICAL TECH - OR GSWB / FLOAT GWV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

There’s a reason we believe that America is watching Geisinger, one of the nation’s largest health service organizations. We are dedicated to setting the standard for evidence-based care delivery and pursuing innovative new approaches to predictive precision medicine, such as our MyCode® genomic research initiative. Whether you prefer working in a busy urban center, a suburban area or a small-town setting, Geisinger has clinical and nonclinical positions open throughout our system. With 13 physician-led hospital campuses to staff throughout Pennsylvania and in southern New Jersey, we offer a wide range of positions, a competitive, pay-for-performance salary structure and healthcare benefits from day one, including those for vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality.

Location: Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre

Work Schedule: Days 10:00am-6:30pm with flexibility per Department needs. Weekday, weekend and holiday call. Weekend and holiday rotation.

Work Type: FULL TIME


Responsible for providing care in an atmosphere sensitive to each person's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, with respect for the beliefs and values of co-workers, patients and their families. Functions in the spirit of teamwork and is accountable for the delivery of care utilizing those skills learned in both the clinical

and didactic arena. Assists surgeon with procedures related to the care of patient of all ages during surgical intervention.

Responsible for ensuring the very best patient/family experience by optimizing all customer interaction. Foster a positive work environment through mutual support and cooperation and adheres to GHS and unit specific Service Standards.

Accountable to the Registered Nurse and the Pod coordinator.


  1. Assists in the coordination of treatments with other disciplines. Provides basic patient assistance. Connects patients to clinical equipment as needed.

*2. Practices aseptic techniques while preparing for surgery including scrubbing, applying surgical gown, gloving, draping and setting up instrument table. Actively participates in surgical Time/out / OR Briefing according to the universal protocol.

*3. Identifies correct surgical site with the circulating RN/surgeon before incision of operative procedures.

*4. Maintains an accurate account of supplies including sponges, needles and instruments. Verifies count with the circulating nurse at end of procedure.

*5. Prepares, identifies and verifies all specimens obtained during the surgical procedure.

*6. Disposes of linens, needles and sharps in appropriate containers.

  1. Assesses wounds and applies or changes sterile dressing as instructed by the RN.

*8. Maintains and documents universal precautions. Initiates emergency procedures.

  1. Reports to the RN reactions, results of procedures and any changes observed in the patient's condition. Documents pertinent medical information where indicated.

  2. Participates in the admission and discharge process. Performs billing as appropriate for services rendered or equipment used.

*11. Establishes and maintains interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors and hospital personnel while assuring confidentiality of patient information.

*12. Identifies and communicates ethical concerns to appropriate personnel.

*13. Participates in on-call rotations of OR. Acts as a preceptor for students assigned to the surgical unit.

*14. Adheres to all policies, protocols and standards of care. Performs quality control monitoring (QA/QI/QE).

*15. Participates in JCAHO mandated educational programs. Maintains BCLS certification annually. Maintains Goals training annually.

*16. Performs additional duties including specimen collection, pleure-vac and traction set up, patient transport and post-mortem care.

  1. The Attending Surgeon may, at his or her discretion, if aware of and satisfied with the qualifications of the Staff Surgical Tech involved in the surgery, delegate to that Surgical Tech such additional medical or surgical services as may be appropriate under the circumstances of that surgery in order to further the goal of providing quality care to the patient. Such delegated services are to be performed under that Attending Surgeon's direct observation and supervision. The Staff Surgical Tech to whom the delegation is directed, shall immediately inform that Attending Surgeon if that Surgical Tech does not feel comfortable with such delegation or feels that he or she cannot perform those delegated services safely or competently.

*18. Assures all medications and solutions are labeled, under the RN's supervision.

  1. Performs other duties as required or assigned.

  2. Assists Pod Coordinator and Team Coordinator with efficiency and effectiveness to improve OR operations.

*Denotes essential job functions.



Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrates willingness to work in a team environment.

Demonstrates leadership abilities.

Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes in workload, staffing and scheduling.


Graduation from an accredited school of ORT required. Knowledge and technical skills to operate, set up and maintain equipment in the care unit required.

Minimum three years previous operating experience preferred.

BLS certification preferred. Required within 60 days of employment

Minimum three months of on-the-job experience to become familiar with all job duties required.

Basic computer skills required.


Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Extensive periods of standing and walking are involved.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family. Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. A mature electronic health record connects a comprehensive network of 13 hospital campuses, two research centers and nearly 1,600 Geisinger primary and specialty care physicians.

About Geisinger

Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit , or connect with us on Facebook at , Instagram at , LinkedIn at and Twitter at .

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.