Surgical Technologist – Scrub Tech | Full-Time & Casual/PRN


Why Blue Mountain Hospital District?

The Blue Mountain Hospital District (BMHD) is comprised of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), Family Clinic, Home Health and Hospice, Emergency Medical Services, and a Care Center.  BMHD offers a wide range of services, one of them being General and Emergency Surgery.  Our Surgery Team is essential for our patients and serves the needs of many in our Rural community.  Join our family-like team in beautiful Eastern Oregon!

Our District spans from John Day to Prairie City, nestled in the Heart of Grant County in the Blue Mountains.  The Strawberry Mountain Range and John Day River Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities, from abundant hiking/mountain biking/horse riding trails, to high and lower lakes and ponds.  Our area is known to be a “go to” place not just for recreation, but also for big game hunting and fishing!

For more information on our Rural and Remote area, visit our Grant County Chamber of Commerce page at:

Surgical Technologist:

Surgical Technologists, known as “Scrub Techs”, are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients.  Surgical Technologists work under the supervision and delegatory authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.  Surgical Technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Position Summary:

Ensuring that the operating room is adequately prepared for surgical procedures, assisting the surgeon during operative and invasive procedures, cleans and sterilizes all surgical instruments, monitors inventory of supplies and surgical instruments to keep readily available for use, participates in Quality Improvement initiatives with department and attends all department staff meetings for the latest updates and information.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Interacts professionally and respecfully with patient and family; treating and keeping patient diginity, safety, and privacy as the highest priority.
  • Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.
  • Provides patient with explanations and verbal reassurance, as necessary.
  • Closely observes patient with minimal disturbance.
  • Maintains safe environment for patient, co-workers and self, per hospital policies and procedures.
  • Adapts procedures to meet individual needs of neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients for treatment.
  • Prepares room in a timely manner with all anticipated instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment for each individual surgical procedure.
  • Demonstrates competence in care of specimens and accurately handles specimens at all times.
  • Assists in positioning, prepping and draping of patients for surgical procedures.
  • Notifies appropriate licensed staff when patient complains of pain.
  • Accurately completes operating room counts (instruments, sponges, needles); follows proper procedure in the event of incorrect count; reports all discrepancies to Circulating RN and surgeon and/or corrects immediately.
  • Carries out medical/surgical asepsis during treatments/procedures.
  • Checks all equipment/instruments needed, prior to each procedure to ensure proper functioning.
  • Follows aseptic technique, when opening sterile supplies and setting up procedures.
  • Is fully responsible for care of instruments/equipment during intra/postoperative phase, including cleaning and processing of instruments.
  • Follows written procedures for steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and biological monitoring.
  • Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
  • Always maintains an orderly and sterile instrument table for the purpose of efficiency; follows department standard set up.
  • Supports and maintains a culture of safety and quality.
  • Performs services requiring technical or manual skills under the direction of Circulating RN.
  • Passes instruments and supplies to the surgeon during the procedure.
  • Anticipates needs of surgeon during intraoperative phase.
  • Holds retractors or instruments as directed by the surgeon.
  • Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after last case; restocks supplies, when necessary and organizes effectively for end-of-case clean up.
  • Completes documentation within shift and meets current standards, policies and procedures.
Professional Requirements:
  • Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean, wearing identification badge visible to patients and visitors.
  • Completes annual education, department in-service/education requirements, and CEU’s required to maintain professional license.
  • Maintains regulatory requirements.
  • Reports to work on time and as scheduled, completes work within designated time.
  • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
  • Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the hospital, as well as the focus statement of the department.
Licenses & Certifications:
  • Minimum: High School Diploma or GED
  • Graduate of Surgical Technology Program
  • Active/Unencumbered Surgical Technologist Certification (CST) through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA)
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of working experience in the Operating Room.
Language Skills:

Our Surgical Technologist must communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.  Any additional languages are preferred but not required.