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Swedish Health Services Associate Operating Room Assistant in Seattle, Washington


Associate Operating Room Assistant - Operating Room/Ambulatory Surgery @ Swedish First Hill

Full Time (40 Hour Week)

Variable Shift

8 Hour Shift

The Associate Operating Room Assistant is an entry-level position learning the basic function and rationale of the surgical department. The Associate Operating Room Assistant is a member of the surgical team who, under direction, assists the surgical staff with patient care including transportation, supplies, equipment, instruments and care of the environment. The Associate Operating Room Assistant work under guidance of the PCA II, PCA III, Surgical Technologist, Facilitator and RN and the direction of the Surgical Support Supervisor/Nurse Manager. Functions as a collaborative and participative member of an interdisciplinary team, consistent with the mission, vision and values of the Surgical Services department and Swedish Medical Center.

Providence caregivers are not simply valued – they’re invaluable. Join our team at Swedish First Hill and thrive in our culture of patient-focused, whole-person care built on understanding, commitment, and mutual respect. Your voice matters here, because we know that to inspire and retain the best people, we must empower them.

  • Works under supervision of the RN to provide care and service to patients and their families. Receives direction from the RN for delegation of tasks. Adheres to emergency policies and procedures associated with patient care.

  • Transfer of patients into and out of transport vehicle (wheelchair, stretcher, bed). Transports patients between pre/post-op patient care areas and discharge destinations.

  • Performs transport duties in a courteous, polite and professional manner within prescribed time constraints. Assists with positioning patient and directs patient requests to appropriate staff members.

  • Appropriately communicates and documents all daily activities and care provided to patient. Communicates and documents unusual and complex issues and changes in patient condition in a timely manner. Communicates and documents such actions accurately and legibly.

  • Provides patient care as directed by team RN and within scope of practice. Duties performed may include, but are not limited to: making, changing and cleaning beds, stretchers and recliners; assisting with ADL’s, vital signs, urinary catheter care and removal, Intake and Output’s, ambulation assistance, assisting patients to the bathroom, assisting patients with using a bedpan, assisting with pericare, assisting the patient with feeding and performing chemstrip functions.

  • Maintains patient right to privacy. Respects the rights of the patient, family and other caregivers. Handles all patient information as confidential.

  • Demonstrates flexibility to meet patient care goals. Recognizes and communicates the need for assistance with assigned workloads. Seeks help with problem solving when needed. Respond appropriately and timely to unit and patient alarms.

  • Communicates appropriate and relevant information and feedback clearly to the appropriate person, while demonstrating respect for the ideas, opinions and feelings of others. Examples: informs appropriate departments about delays and communicates to patients/families transport destination and transport times.

  • Answers the unit telephone and patient call system in a timely, courteous and professional fashion.

  • Collaborates with nurse and other team members to organize and prioritize functions necessary for patient admission, care delivery and discharge.

  • Performs appropriate tasks before and after each patient movement to ensure equipment readiness; including cleaning of transport vehicle and making up stretchers with pillows as appropriate.

  • Responsible for restocking and charging of supplies after use, maintains appropriate core stocking levels, works with manager or designee to improve unit and individual routines to assure adequate room supply without excess or depletion. Notifies nurse manager and/or designee and makes recommendation for par level adjustments.

  • Works collaboratively to manage the use of supplies as directed, and charges for supplies used.

  • Responsible to set up and maintain the neatness of patient areas. Clean equipment as directed.

  • Maintains quality control logs such as for urine dip sticks, glucose controls, temperature log-book, and medication refrigerator temperatures.

  • Assists with patient admission, discharge, transfer and associated documentation as appropriate to peri-op unit.

  • Follows established guidelines in emergency situations, infection control and all safety issues. Receives direction from managers or designee or patient care providers.

  • Identifies and communicates opportunities for improvement, assuming responsibility for the effect of his/her behavior and communication on others. Demonstrates a positive, team-centered attitude.

  • Provides appropriate assistance in the orientation and training of new Transporter/NAC’s. Establishes annual goals in concert with manager for growth and development.

  • Actively participates in unit, department and system-wide educational activities including Quality Improvement programs as appropriate.

  • Competently performs assigned technical skills (i.e. bladder scans for PVR’s, specimen collection and testing, traction and trapeze equipment setup, glucose monitoring, Oxygen Saturation, printing monitor strips, etc.).

  • Maintains a professional appearance in the course of performing duties.

  • Able to perform the role of Patient Safety Attendant (PSA) as directed, by ensuring patient safety, taking responsibility for the environment of care and communicating with RN/charge RN/designee of changes to patient condition in a timely manner. Duties include performing patient care activities, and safety checks that align with system standard of care. Aligns patient safety, self-safety and environmental safety as equally important for best outcomes.

  • Performs other duties as assigned to insure effectiveness of care delivery and unit function

Required qualifications:

  • Upon hire: National Provider BLS - American Heart Association

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a healthcare environment.

Why Join Providence?

Our best-in-class benefits are uniquely designed to support you and your family in staying well, growing professionally and achieving financial security. We take care of you, so you can focus on delivering our mission of improving the health and wellbeing of each patient we serve.

Accepting a new position at another facility that is part of the Providence family of organizations may change your current benefits. Changes in benefits, including paid time-off, happen for various reasons. These reasons can include changes of Legal Employer, FTE, Union, location, time-off plan policies, availability of health and welfare benefit plan offerings, and other various reasons.

About Providence

At Providence, our strength lies in Our Promise of “Know me, care for me, ease my way.” Working at our family of organizations means that regardless of your role, we’ll walk alongside you in your career, supporting you so you can support others. We provide best-in-class benefits and we foster an inclusive workplace where diversity is valued, and everyone is essential, heard and respected. Together, our 120,000 caregivers (all employees) serve in over 50 hospitals, over 1,000 clinics and a full range of health and social services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. As a comprehensive health care organization, we are serving more people, advancing best practices and continuing our more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable.

The amounts listed are the base pay range; additional compensation may be available for this role, such as shift differentials, standby/on-call, overtime, premiums, extra shift incentives, or bonus opportunities.

Check out our benefits page for more information about our Benefits and Rewards.

About the Team

Providence Swedish is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the greater Puget Sound area. It is comprised of eight hospital campuses (Ballard, Edmonds, Everett, Centralia, Cherry Hill (Seattle), First Hill (Seattle), Issaquah and Olympia); emergency rooms and specialty centers in Redmond (East King County) and the Mill Creek area in Everett; and Providence Swedish Medical Group, a network of 190+ primary care and specialty care locations throughout the Puget Sound. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re dedicated to improving the wellbeing of rural and urban communities by expanding access to quality health care for all.

Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to the principle that every workforce member has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. We believe diversity makes us stronger, so we are dedicated to shaping an inclusive workforce, learning from each other, and creating equal opportunities for advancement.

Requsition ID: 270116
Company: Swedish Jobs
Job Category: Surgical/Perioperative Services
Job Function: Clinical Care
Job Schedule: Full time
Job Shift: Variable
Career Track: Clinical Support
Department: 3901 SFH AMB SURGERY
Address: WA Seattle 747 Broadway
Work Location: Swedish First Hill 747 Broadway-Seattle
Pay Range: $23.77 - $32.43
The amounts listed are the base pay range; additional compensation may be available for this role, such as shift differentials, standby/on-call, overtime, premiums, extra shift incentives, or bonus opportunities.
Check out our benefits page for more information about our Benefits and Rewards.