Oregon Health & Science University

GI Technician (Gastrointestinal Assistant)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Allied Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Salary Range
$26.14 - $35.37 per hour
Monday - Friday (variable days)
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit provides intra-procedure care to adult patients undergoing gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures and studies, bronchoscopy, and minor procedures. The department is open Monday – Friday 7:00am-5:30pm and one Sunday per month. The GI Techs take rotated mandatory overnight call on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.


The GI Technician assists the RN and Physician by being an expert with the technical components, supplies and equipment involved in Endoscopy procedures. In addition to assisting the provider throughout the diagnostic and therapeutic procedure, the GI Tech sets up and turns around the room pre and post procedure. The GI Tech assists with Endoscopy procedures in the ICU and Operating Room as needed and is responsible for transporting appropriate equipment to set up in these other locations. 24 hr call once per week as well as one weekend every 6 weeks is a requirement of this position. The GI Tech is also responsible for pre-cleaning and decontamination of the endoscope.

Function/Duties of Position

Assist physicians and RN with GI diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • Prepare rooms with appropriate supplies and equipment for all assigned procedures.
  • Assist physician to obtain specimens. Appropriately preserve, label, and dispatch specimens to lab.
  • Manipulates equipment during procedure as requested by the physician.
  • Collaborates with endoscopy team to assist with successful procedure.
  • Identify and report to physician/RN any change in patient condition or complication of procedure.
  • Assists with trouble shooting GI equipment such as but not limited to: scopes, monitors, video equipment, cautery equipment.
  • Documents data as appropriate in medical record and records supplies used and patient charges.
  • Provide fundamental components of patient care.
  • Provide on call support for procedures after hours and on weekends on a rotational basis.

Patient care:

  • Provide patients with appropriate pre procedural education including answering questions regarding proper procedure preparation (in person or via telephone).
  • Answers patient questions - as deemed appropriate for scope of practice including preparation required for procedure.

Equipment and Supplies:

  • Clean and disinfect scopes according to unit policies and procedure.
  • Maintain equipment in proper working order. Inspect scopes for damage and protect to avoid damage during handling and cleaning.
  • Report malfunctioning equipment immediately to charge nurse or manager.
  • Send out equipment for repair or work with clinical engineering personnel to trouble shoot equipment or bring in appropriate repair technicians.
  • Stock rooms with equipment and supplies.
  • Monitor rooms/carts for outdated supplies
  • Monitor supplies for outdate and communicate with materials manager regarding inventory needs and reorder consumable supplies as assigned by management.
  • Document appropriately on stent logs and  cleaning logs
  • Perform routine equipment/eyewash/refrigerator checks and document to maintain compliance.
  • Prepares supplies  for autoclaving, receives instruments from sterile processing
  • Is the unit expert on endoscopy supplies/instruments/tools and how they are used and maintained on the unit. Acts as mentor towards others who need to learn about these items.

Coordinate Activities:

  • Accomplish caseload assignments in a timely manner
  • Communicate throughout procedure with provider and RN/
  • Productively utilize unassigned time.
  • Complete projects as assigned by management
  • Participate in area specific continuous quality improvement program.
  • Participate in orientation and in teaching area specific skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Completion of a surgical tech program at a community college; OR
  • One year of experience, within the last five years, of clinical or hospital based GI procedure unit or a surgical procedure room setting including assembling supplies and instruments; preparing room for procedures; and participating as a member of the procedural team
  • Knowledge of GI anatomy and physiology
  • BLS from American Heart Association
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year experience as GI Tech or scrub tech
  • Familiarity with GI Preps, familiarity with Spyglass, Barrx, Double Balloon Enteroscopy, and GI Stents.
  • SGNA GI Assistant Certification

Additional Details

Usual Orientation Time: 

  • Specialty Experience: 1-2 months
  • Experience, but not in specialty area: 3-4 months

Department Specific Working Conditions:

  • Requires ability to push patient in a stretcher around corners throughout the shift.
  • Requires the ability to ride the aerial tram throughout the day
  • Requires the willingness to work with High Level Disinfectants.
  • Requires the ability to work in a dark procedure room.
  • Requires the flexibility to stay focused and have your assignment changed several times throughout your shift.
  • Requires weekend and after hours call and ability to report to work within 30 min of being called
  • Requires work in fluoro room and standing for up to 3 hours wearing lead garments.
  • Fast paced environment that may ask you to care for up to 14 patients per day. 
  • Ability to move, turn, and lift sedated patients using provided safe patient mobilization devices.

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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