OR Assistant / Anesthesia Aide
Boulder Community Health
Boulder, CO
18d ago

Full-time - 40 hours a week - Monday - Friday, plus Call


Participates in the pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative care of the patient under the direction of the RN. This includes patient and patient related transportation, direct patient care, supply distribution and cleaning.

Assists the anesthesiologist and RN in preparation for and delivery of quality care to surgical patients. This position requires demonstrated competency to care for patients AGE SPECIFIC : INFANT THROUGH GERIATRIC as defined by scope of service and in specific department competency assessments.

Education or Formal Training

  • High school graduate or equivalent preferred.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology preferred.
  • Special Qualifications (Licensure, Registration, etc.)

    BLS certification required by end of 90 day conditional period

    Knowledge, Skill and Ability

    Demonstrated physical and mental abilities to apply procedures and standards of clinical practice.


    Minimum of one year as a nursing assistant or central service technician preferred in a hospital setting.


  • Expedient turn overs of operating rooms between surgery cases.
  • Maintain clean, safe environment.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of surgical asepsis in the handling of supplies and equipment.
  • Provides for patient comfort and safety while transferring.
  • Assists the RN in positioning of the patient when requested.
  • Acts as a team player while carrying out duties assigned.
  • Complies with all hospital, division and department policies and procedures.
  • Attends huddle and in-service programs to increase knowledge base.
  • Projects a positive image of the hospital within the community.
  • Promotes cost containment when maintaining supplies and equipment..
  • Picks needed supplies, equipment and instruments needed to complete surgical cases.
  • Assists as second circular in OR room, i.e. opening supplies and prepping.
  • Consults with and / or advises appropriate personnel of situations requiring follow-up or attention.
  • Ability to care for patients of all ages under the direction of an RN.
  • Employees are expected to comply with all regulatory requirements, including Joint Commission Standards.
  • Is familiar with organization, department and job specific Environment of Care areas, including Life Safety, Utilities Management, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and Medical Equipment Failure.
  • Adheres to Standard Precautions as appropriate, which may include :
  • a)the use of protective barriers, as appropriate (e.g., gloves, masks, gowns, pocket masks, and / or safety glasses);
  • b)handling and disposing of infectious waste appropriately; and

    c)hand washing as appropriate.

  • Collaborates with service team for specialty area if appropriate, i.e., laser certification, cell saver, steris, specialty equipment.
  • Coordinates team specialty ordering, stocking and monitoring levels under direction of Service Coordinator.
  • Orients new personnel to ORA duties.
  • Completes anesthesia turnovers.
  • Restocking of anesthesia carts and supplies.
  • Cleans cabinets and rotates sterile supplies. Checks for outdated supplies.
  • Performs weekly and monthly cleaning of OR suites, autoclaves, as required.
  • Assist RN with local cases.
  • Restock assigned sink area.
  • Monitor equipment that requires daily bioscalibration (i.e., steris, freezer, autoclaves).
  • Restock softgoods for operating rooms.
  • Performs basic maintenance and safety checks on anesthesia equipment.

  • Maintains flexibility according to department staffing needs (i.e. on call)
  • Maintains a work record of regular attendance, timely arrivals and departures.
  • Attends mandatory hospital and departmental meetings.
  • Attends all TJC in-services yearly. Knows fire and safety procedures for work area.
  • Maintains professional appearance appropriate to position and function. Wears identification badge while on duty.
  • Participates in cost effective delivery of care.
  • All employees are expected to remain flexible to meet the needs of the hospital, which may include floating to other departments to assist as the patient needs fluctuate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Standard OR equipment including
  • Positioning aids
  • Electrical and power, i.e., wet vacuum
  • Warming devices
  • Various carts, beds and wheelchairs.
  • Standard anesthesia machine, monitors, nerve stimulators, infusion pumps, medical gases, circuitry and other disposable
  • Telephone

  • Physical working environment may include, but not be limited to, any of the following hazards :
  • Body fluids, etc.
  • Environmental conditions may include, but not be limited to, variations in temperature, noise, odors, multi-stimuli, etc.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to constantly stand and walk.
  • The employee frequently is required to stoop, crouch and twist.
  • The employee is occasionally required to kneel, squat and sit.
  • The employee must be able to consistently support, push, pull and / or lift up to 10 pounds, frequently support, push, pull and / or lift up to 30 pounds and occasionally support, push, pull and / or transfer up to 50 pounds (for example, moving a patient from a wheelchair to a bed).
  • Functional physical demands include manual dexterity, fine motor skills and reaching.
  • The following senses will be needed for essential duties of the job : speech, vision, hearing, smell and touch.

  • Supports and promotes ENCORE! behavioral standards.
  • Able to work closely within groups, one-on-one and independently.
  • Promotes a positive work environment.
  • Good conflict resolution and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Supports and participates in hospital and departmental SQI activities.
  • Maintains the required level of confidentiality.

    When applicable, employees must be able to adjust the essential functions they perform appropriately to the age of their patient / customer.

    Employees must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development and the knowledge and skills necessary to provide for the primary population of patients served in the department.

    Employees demonstrate the ability to alter care and patient / family education based on the age or developmental level of the patient.

    Primary patient population served. (Check all that apply)

    x Neonate / Infant (birth 12 months) x Adult (18 69 years) x Child (13 months 12 years) x Older Adult (70+ years) x Adolescent (13 17 years) This position does not have regular patient contact.

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