Oregon Health & Science University

Surgical Services Technologist (Surgical Tech)

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Allied Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Casey Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology
Salary Range
$30.58 - $41.34 per hour
Schedule to be determined by manager
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is a premier academic medical center providing eye care for adults and children in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We treat eye conditions from the most straightforward to the most complex, and offer expert care in all ophthalmology specialties.

Function/Duties of Position

$10,000 hiring bonus



Surgical Preparation and Assistance:

  • Checks schedule of surgeries to be performed during shift
  • Reviews procedures by checking manuals outlining procedure and instruments needed
  • Assembles supplies, instruments and equipment
  • Checks supplies and instruments for sterility and proper functioning
  • Reviews preferences of physicians performing surgery
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of sterile technique
  • Proficient in the scrub role in the surgical specialties
  • Arranges supplies and instruments in surgical procedure room
  • Counts with circulator at start and end of surgery or other applicable times
  • Opens sterile packs, and hands instruments to surgeon
  • Assists in providing patient comfort, safety and privacy


Post-Operative Assistance:

  • After surgery, follows processing of instruments at point of use in preparation for sending soiled instruments for decontamination and sterilization to Central SPD (CSPD)
  • Removes all disposable items; disposes of contaminated blood and water
  • Wipes down entire surgical procedure room with disinfectant including furniture, lamps, monitors, walls, and floors as applicable
  • Removes all supplies not necessary for next surgical procedure


Supply and Equipment Maintenance:

  • Troubleshoots problems with equipment and instruments
  • Contacts clinical engineering for equipment repairs and communicates with CSPD for instrument repairs
  • Checks inventory of supplies and equipment.


Other duties as assigned:

  • Examples: Transports soiled instruments to CSPD and/or brings back sterilized instruments from CSPD to CEI OR.

Required Qualifications

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification at time of hire
  • Graduated from a Nationally-Accredited organization approved by the Oregon Health Authority as of date of hire and hold and maintain a national Surg Technologist Certification by NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants) as of date of hire.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accomodation. 

Preferred Qualifications

Ophthalmology experience is preferred. 

Additional Details


  • Two raises per year – One at anniversary date and one across the board annual increase
  • Healthcare Options - Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents, and $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Two separate above market pension plans to choose from
  • Vacation- up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
  • Sick Leave- up to 96 hours per year
  • 8 paid holidays per year
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Additional Programs including: Tuition Reimbursement and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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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