Houston Methodist

Anesthesia Tech I - Operating Room (Days)

Facility
HM The Woodlands Hospital
Job Locations
US-TX-The Woodlands
Category
Surg Tech
Position Type
Full-Time
Department
Anesthesia Services
Shift
1st - Day

Overview

JOB SUMMARY
At Houston Methodist, the Anesthesia Tech (AT) provides support to the anesthesia providers and other members of the interprofessional health care team and is directly involved in patient care before, during and after procedures. This position assists with anesthesia-related procedures, troubleshooting of anesthesia-related equipment, and set up, operation, and initiation of patient monitoring in all anesthetizing locations e.g., OR, Cath Lab, Endoscopy, etc., as well as, in preoperative units, post anesthesia care units, and intensive care units as deemed necessary or as assigned. The AT is familiar with all anesthetizing locations, anesthesia supplies, and anesthesia and other related equipment ensuring that assigned locations and items are ready, available, and in good working conditions at all times.

Houston Methodist Standard

PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.


HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
    • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
    • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
    • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
    • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
  • Focuses on patient/customer safety
  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job






Responsibilities

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 25 %

  1. Contributes to a positive work environment and to a dynamic, team focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional health care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and date in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  2. Works well with others to make contributions to the work effort as a whole and facilitates problem resolution. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear, and professional. (EF)


SERVICE - 25 %

  1. Performs anesthesia support activities in all monitoring and anesthesia locations including but not limited to operating rooms, catheterization laboratories, intensive care units, and other patient care areas where anesthesia is performed. (EF)
  2. Performs complete operating/procedure room patient monitoring and anesthesia equipment set up. (EF)
  3. Sets up, calibrates as necessary, and checks the performance of all monitoring and anesthesia equipment before connecting to the patient. (EF)


QUALITY/SAFETY - 25 %

  1. Cleans and disinfects equipment and work areas between patients, following infection control standards and department procedures. (EF)
  2. Organizes the work flow, problem-solves and manages ongoing priorities, with minimal supervision, seeking guidance when needed. (EF)
  3. Reports "near misses" and inputs error promptly into PSN to improve processes and identify trends. Contributes to identification of corrective actions and improvement activities, and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)


FINANCE - 15 %

  1. Ensures that anesthetizing areas and anesthesia services work stations are put back together, organized properly, and ready for use as soon as possible after each case, including but not limited to, keeping monitor cables stored neatly, ensuring that anesthesia gases are turned off, unused supplies are restocked properly, and equipment are put back in designated places. (EF)
  2. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime. (EF)


GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10 %

  1. Participates in committees and task forces as assigned and action items are appropriately performed. Follow up on action items as necessary to ensure completion of assignments. (EF)
  2. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Technician/Technologist.


This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



Qualifications

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)


EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • One (1) year of hospital experience; no experience required for Anesthesia Tech's certified candidates through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians. (ASATT)

License/Certification

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • American Heart Association BLS
  • Anesthesia Tech's certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians (ASATT) preferred

KSA/ Supplemental Data

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Possess basic computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital/Anesthesia systems and Microsoft Office products to maintain patient documents
  • Progression towards organizational and problem solving skills as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components and actively participating in problem solving with minimal supervision
  • Progression towards demonstrating time management skills
  • Ability to progress towards independence and exercise judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional care team and patients and their families

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work AttireYes/No
UniformNo
ScrubsYes
Business professionalNo
Other (dept. approved)No

 

On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)


*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above.

Travel**

May require travel withinNo
Houston Metropolitan area 

 

May require travel outsideNo
of Houston Metropolitan area 


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________




Company Profile

Houston Methodist The Woodlands opened in 2017 as the eighth hospital in the Houston Methodist system. This 187-bed, 470,000-square-foot, full-service, acute care hospital offers many of the same services as our flagship hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Also on the $380 million hospital campus, located at the intersection of I-45 and TX 242, is a medical office building, which opened in 2016. Medical Office Building 1 includes a breast care center, cancer center & infusion center, orthopedics & sports medicine, rehabilitation services, wellness services, and an outpatient laboratory in addition to multi-specialty physician practices. A second medical office building and 785-car parking garage opened in 2018.

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