Surgical Technologist-Main Operating Room

22004333 Requisition #

Qualified candidates may be eligible for a sign-on incentive of up to $5,000.

The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Department of Perioperative Services is seeking a Surgical Technologist to assists with surgical procedures; provision of therapeutic, preventive and emergency patient care duties; and preparation, operation and maintenance of routine and complex equipment, instruments and supplies. All duties are done under the direction of a registered professional nurse.


Duties to Include:

  • Prepare surgical area for patient care and anticipate the needs of the surgical team
  • Apply knowledge related to emergency situations and surgical procedures in the operating room
  • Demonstrate understanding of principles of medical and surgical asepsis; recognize and communicate breaks in aseptic technique
  • Provide for proper care and handling of equipment, instruments, supplies and implants (E/I/S/I)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various surgical equipment and advanced surgical instrumentation
  • Demonstrate competency in performance of delegated technical functions and clinical activities, in accordance with institutional policies
  • Assist with the provision of patient care with regard to the patient's condition and age
  • Exhibit high level of collaboration with peers in making decisions related to surgical patient care
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in relations to anticipating the needs of the patient and surgeon
  • Implement measures to prevent potential patient problems/complications and reports unusual incidents
  • Assist with documentation according to department/division standard under the direction of the Registered Nurse
  • Perform computer functions within scope of role as defined by the individual unit
  • Serve as primary preceptor to orient new staff and/or student technologists to scrubbing duties
  • Serve as a mentor and positive role model to new employees and other surgical team members
  • Practice standard precautions in infection control in accordance with institutional policy
  • Follow changes in patient care protocol based on research findings
  • Participate in and contribute to unit staff meetings and in-service programs
  • May participate in perioperative initiatives or shared governance committees
  • Perform other special projects and tasks as assigned


University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®


Percent of Time: 100%
Schedule: Rotating 8,10, and 12 hour shifts with occasional weekends, additional on-call shifts, and holiday rotation.  
Location: John Colloton Pavillion (JCP)
Rotations: Rotating shifts with occasional scheduled weekends, holiday rotation, and additional on-call shifts
Merit Pay Plan:


Available Positions Include:

Team 1:  Cardiothoracic, Peripheral Vascular, and Transplant (Heart and Lung) - 3 Positions - 100%

Team 2: Neurosurgery - 1 Position- 100%

Team 3: Orthopedics - 1 Position - 100%

Team 4: Gynocology/Urology/Transplant - 1 Position - 100%

Team 5: Otolaryngology/Oral Surgery - 2 Positions - 100%

Team 6: General Surgery - 1 Position - 100%


Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
  • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here

Required Qualifications:

  • Satisfactory completion of a vocational or military course in surgical technology, or certification as a surgical technologist.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates will have direct patient care experience in an operating room. Experience working in a health care environment. Able to scrub surgical procedures. Strong written communication skills.


Please attach an updated resume/CV as part of the application process. Please indicate in your cover letter which OR team(s) you are interested in.   Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. 

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.

Please contact for further details on this position.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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