Surgical Attendant-Duke University Hosptial- Weekday OR-Monday-Thursday-9:00pm-7:30am
Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Posted in Education and Training

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Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Duke Nursing Highlights:

  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina's Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!

Occ Summary

Perform a variety of technical, environmental, a nd patient care dutiesunder the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse . These duties areperformed in accordance with established hospital and nursing policyand within the legal scope of practice for the unlicensed caregiver.

Work Performed

Level IVerify patient loca tion and identification.Transferand/or assist patients during transport, following departmental safetyguidelines.Communicate with patients and r espond to patientneeds promptly, satisfy needs or refer their requests t oappropriate personnel.Keep charge nurse informed of room statusand atte ndant availability.Assist in the orientation of newstaff as requested by nurse manager or designee.Provideemergency assistance as required and/o r directed by surgeon and/ornursing personnel.Transport specimen, equipm ent, etc. toappropriate area in safe and efficient manner.According to t heplan of care developed by the RN, deliver patient care appropriate tot he age of the patients served.Successfully complete annualself-instructi onal unit regarding age appropriate care for the infant,toddler, child, adolescent, adult and geriatricpatients.Prepare the unit for cases/ proc edures utilizingfunctional equipment and supplies.Assist with positionin g thepatient and follow accepted procedures for preparation of patients forsurgical procedures.Assist with wraps, casts, anddressings.Route non- functional equipment to proper maintenancedepartment for repair, noting onequipment what the malfunction appearsto be.Assist in minor maintenan ce functions (i.e. replace lightbulbs in power sources and surgical ligh ts).Set up andtroubleshoot all equipment in service line and 85% of all equipment inother services.Accurately and safely use all patientposition ing devices and tables.Clean equipment, tables andfloor as required with proper cleaning solution.Collect, bagand remove soiled linen and trash properly.Replace suctionliners, trash bags and other supplies as needed. Return cleanedequipment to appropriate area after the case.Stock and mai ntainadequate levels of supplies at scrub sink and sub rooms asappropria te.Maintain orderly work environment by keepingoperating rooms, storage areas, hallways and all units clean, tidyandhazard free.Obtain and main tain unit supplies andequipment.Level IIPerform all duties of Level I in addition to the following:Serve as a resource and role modelfor Surgical Attendants and others.Provide leadership andguidance to Surgical Attend ants under the direction of anRN.Assist with daily assignments in cooper ation with unitmanagement representatives.Cooperate in planning orientat ion ofnew Surgical Attendants, under the supervision of an RN.Providefee dback to management representative regarding orientation/ skills ofnew e mployees.Serve as a resource and role model for SurgicalAttendants and o thers.Provide leadership and guidance toSurgical Attendants under the di rection of an RN.Assist withdaily assignments in cooperation with unit m anagementrepresentatives.Cooperate in planning orientation of newSurgica l Attendants, under the supervision of an RN.Providefeedback to manageme nt representative regarding orientation/ skills ofnew employees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Level IBasic mechanical kno wledge for assembly of equipment andthe ability to comprehend and follow instructions.Knowledge ofsterile technique.Physical abilities to comple te job dutieswhich include heavy lifting, prolonged sitting, standing, a nd walking,ability to push, pull climb, stoop/kneel, reach overhead and rotatetrunk for prolonged periods.Level IISame as Level I plusleadership skills

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires basic mechanical knowledge for assembly of equipment and the ability to comprehend and follow instructions normally acquired through a partial high school education.


Level I experience. experience. Level II Six months experience in a hospital setting or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or Three years experience as Surgical Attendant I, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Level I Level II Current BCLS certification. Same as Level I plus, currently listed as a Nursing Assistant (NAI) with the North Carolina Division of Facilities Services with no substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property (preferred but not required).

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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