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Providence Health & Services Surgical Technician Certified in Missoula, Montana


Providence is calling a Surgical Technician, Certified (Operating Room) (0.8 FTE, Variable, 24 Hour Flex) to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all – especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

The 24-Flex position is filled by an employee who is regularly scheduled 32 hours or greater per week or 64 hours or greater per pay period which includes a scheduled flex shift of 8, 10, or 12 hours per week or per pay period that they are obligated to work unless the flex shift is canceled. Flex employees receive full-time employee health insurance benefits, even though some weeks they may get “flexed down” and only work 24 hours for that week.

Apply today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text with some additional questions from our Modern Hire system.

In this position you will:

  • Anticipates surgeon’s needs throughout procedures.

  • Assists Circulating Nurse in proper identification of specimens.

  • Assists in draping patient and operative area.

  • Assists surgical team with safe transfer of patient from carrier to OR table and from table back to carrier.

  • Assists, under RN circulator supervision, with circulation duties.

  • At the end of the surgery, assists in applying dressings and preparing patient for transfer to carrier and PACU.

  • Cleans room according to policies and procedures in expedient manner.

  • Correctly handles specialty equipment and instruments. Places instruments in appropriate pan to prevent damage.

  • Maintains an adequate supply of instruments and supplies to meet the needs of the surgeon and the patient. Is proactive in determining needs of the surgeon during the case.

  • Reports all drains and packs to Circulating Nurse.

  • Reviews assignment the day prior and is prepared for the surgical procedure to be performed. This includes gathering information from others if needed.

  • Uses age specific standards, policies and procedures and guidelines to perform treatments and procedures that are routine for unit/clinic on patients.

  • Collaborates with physicians and hospital staff to ensure optimal patient care.

  • Maintains all instrumentation and supplies. Keeps all inventory in working order and follows through immediately with the director for any repair or inventory concerns (OR).

  • Participates in evaluations of new products, methods or equipment to determine quality.

  • Shares the responsibility of general departmental duties with all OR team members, including but not limited to: preparation for next day’s cases, checking, cleaning and restocking OR rooms, general cleaning, checking outdates supplies and instruments, putting away instruments and supplies as received and sharing responsibility in maintaining appropriate inventory levels.

  • Documents critical incidents when necessary.

  • Serves as a clinical resource for physicians and other departments.

  • Serves as a mentor or educational resource for new employees and students.

  • Assists other team members in cleaning and preparing OR between cases in a timely fashion and at the end of the schedule.

  • Cleans trays, instruments and equipment and makes ready for processing and for use.

  • Disposes of sharps from sterile field according to policy.

  • Maintains an accurate sponge and needle count, being aware at all times, the location of sponges and needles, etc. 0 deficiencies to meet standard.

  • Notifies appropriate personnel of malfunctioning of autoclaves, which may have compromised sterility. Removes items for use as appropriate.

  • Opens and prepares the sterile field, using safe aseptic technique at all times.

  • Participates in hospital and unit specific practices to maintain clean, safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff.

  • Sorts dirty and clean instruments and transports them per policy to the contaminated area.

  • Uses appropriate cleaning substances as indicated by Hospital Safety and Infection Control Standards.

  • When appropriate, according to policy, flash sterilizes all goods using appropriate sterilization guidelines.

  • Communicates effectively in regard to supply inventory utilized during the case. Assists in entering data into Optiflex.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Surgical Tech program

  • National certification as a Certified Surgical Technician required within 3 months of hire

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) card must be from the following authorized governing bodies: American Heart Association (AHA) - (BLS Provider), American Red Cross (ARC) - (BLS for Health Care Provider), or Military Training Network (MTN) – (Healthcare Provider) upon hire

Preferred qualification for this position include:

  • 1 year Operating Room experience

About the hospital you will serve.

St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana has more than 250 licensed beds and serves patients from 17 counties. We have been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and among many other awards, have earned the Premier Award for Quality award repeatedly. Missoula is halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park. It is a university city of 65,000, surrounded by big sky, scenic mountains, forests and renowned rivers.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate 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.

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Variable

Job Category: Surgical Techs

Location: Montana-Missoula

Req ID: 301000