Oregon Health & Science University

PPA, CHH Operating Rooms, Flex Position

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Hospital/Clinic Support
Position Type
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Salary Range
$21.42 - $29.00 per hour
Day Shift
Variable dates and times as based on needs of unit, Monday through Friday with potential for weekends in the future
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

Function as a member of the surgical team, while under the direct supervision and direction of the registered perioperative nurse.

 The PPA will provide assistance with cleaning and preparing operating rooms, retrieving and cleaning equipment, retrieving and stocking supplies and related items; supports the environment of the unit or service; supports patient care through assistance with prepping and opening supplies before surgery.

 At OHSU, the PPA promotes a culture where we imagine, inspire, engage and excel to ensure we meet every patient's needs.

Function/Duties of Position

1. Decontamination and Cleaning: Sorts used soiled instruments and decontaminates by utilizing proper manual and mechanical techniques; decontaminates medical equipment; tests equipment and instruments for proper operation; shelves decontaminated equipment and supplies according to type of equipment, date decontaminated and unit or department using item; cleans hospital equipment such as infusion pumps, suction machines and heating and cooling units; may make minor repairs or refers to repair person; assist in maintaining instrument trays for intubation sets; may operate flash sterilizers according to standards of practice and maintains sterility assurance at all times including transport sterile instruments to the operating room under strict sterile conditions.

2. Cleaning and Sanitizing: Cleans and sanitizes all surfaces and floors in clinical and non-clinical areas.

3. Waste Removal: Collects and empties trash and linen.

4. Patient Transportation. Transports patient using wheelchair or stretcher; assists with patient transfer to procedure table, stretcher, bed or chair.

5. Materials Transportation. Transports equipment, supplies and other materials.

6. Customer Service & Patient Experience: High level engagement to respond to patient and team member requests in a customer-focused and timely manner; effectively utilizes customer service techniques to deliver an excellent patient experience.

7. Patient Care Support: Helps with patient prep and positioning. Assists the OR team with needs and is immediately available inside/outside the OR.

8. Equipment and Room Set up: May function in the role of material assistant including: core support, picking cases, assisting with set up of procedure rooms or ORs.

9. Miscellaneous: Maintaining stock or ordering as needed. May function as part of the Code Blue Team to provide BLS chest compressions during Code Blue Events. Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

High School diploma or equivalent and one year work experience in any field.
Ability to communicate well with others.
Ability to safely lift and transfer patients, equipment, supplies.
Must be responsible and properly trained in the transportation of bio-hazardous items within 90 days of hire. A PPA candidate may be required to have a valid BLS certification at time of hire as indicated on the position description.

Preferred Qualifications

Hospital or healthcare-related experience.

Experience as a Nurse's Aide or equivalent.


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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